How to Make the Most of Your Mentoring Relationship

You finally have found a mentor through a program or strategic networking. Now what?

The first thing you want to do in set goals for the relationship. The goals could be anything:1) emailing the mentor every month, 2) discussing career options or 3) even just ask a new open ended question monthly.

Once you have your goals, it is time to introduce yourself and share your goals. Communication in the mentoring relationship is critical. As the protege, it is your job to email your mentor. It is better to communicate with your mentor in the beginning of the relationship. If you are only going to email them when a problem arises, tell them that!

Suggested Questions

We have compiled a list of suggested questions to keep the conversation going.

  • How did you land your current role?
  • If you could do it all again, what would you do differently?
  • Can you tell me about a time when you had a difficult boss? How did you handle it?
  • How did you learn to embrace failure?
  • What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned and how is it valuable
  • What has been your most rewarding accomplishment?

State of Mentoring Program

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a relationship between two individuals (mentor and protege) based on a mutual desire for development towards career goals and objectives.

Why is mentoring important?

When a professional issue arises, having a mentor allows you a safe place to discuss the issue. Mentors can serve as a resource for proteges. Mentoring is proven to keep women in engineering. As women, we are often the minority in a male dominated field.

GradSWE Mentoring Program – What is it?

The GradSWE mentoring program matches proteges and mentors. We are currently revamping the program to include an online community and weekly emails about mentoring and other career topics. We’d like this program to set women in engineering up for success, and allow others to give back to the engineering community.

What do we do?

Our goal is to grow the support system for GradSWE participants. We will match proteges and mentors on a rolling basis.  We will send out content to participants regularly on helpful topics, such as the value of mentoring and how to mentor or use a mentor. We will track our progress with participants, participant experience, and participant retention in an engineering field.

What do you do?

If you are already enrolled in the program, sit back and get ready for the revamped program. To join as a protege or mentor, contact us as shown below! We’re also always looking for ways to improve the program. Send us your thoughts!

Mentoring program email –

Joining mentoring program – You must fill out the form by August 4th 2017 to be matched in this round.

Mentor form –

Protege form –