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U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Stop 7907
Washington, D.C. 20593-7907

I Want To Be Mentored

Interested in being mentored? This toolkit will give you invaluable information on becoming a mentee.
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 Mentee Benefits

Mentees will learn knowledge from the mentors expertise and past mistakes. The will also be able to establish valuable connections with higher level employees. Here are additional benefits mentees may receive:

  • Having a caring ear to hear their triumphs as well as frustrations
  • Develop their skills as a planner
  • Develop their skills as a learner
  • Develop their skills as a communicator
  • Learning what it is like to be in a higher level position
  • Getting an advocate within the organization
  • Receive knowledge about the “ins and outs” of the organization
  • Getting honest feedback
 Mentoring Roles and Responsibilities

The successful development of a mentee will on exploring career aspirations, strengths and weaknesses, collaborating on means to “get there”, implementing strategies, and evaluating along the way. Mentors will provide guidance for mentees to follow and learning from their wisdom and past experiences will serve the mentees well and produce benefits. Here are a few mentee roles and responsibilities:

  • Commit to your development
  • Assume responsibility for acquiring or improving skills and knowledge
  • Discuss your IDP with your mentor
  • Be open and honest on your goals, expectations, challenges and concerns
  • Actively listen and question
  • Build supportive and trusting environment
  • Seek advice, opinion, feedback, and direction from your mentor
  • Be open to constructive criticism/feedback and ask for it
  • Come to all mentoring meetings prepared with a clear idea of what topics or issues you want to address
  • Respect your mentor’s time and resources
  • Apply what you learn from your meetings back on the job
  • Keep your supervisor informed of the process and your progress
  • Give feedback to your mentor on what is working or not working in the mentoring relationship    
 What is a Mentee?
Mentees can receive professional development guidance on existing developmental training opportunities (ex. Advancement opportunities, rotational assignment, joint duty assignments, leadership training, and advanced education opportunities), establish a roadmap for career success, develop leadership competencies, build self-confidence and enhance career satisfaction.