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5.7 Initiating a mentoring relationship

Once a mentor has agreed to participate, it will be necessary to initiate the relationship. The first meeting is normally an opportunity to clarify expectations and agree on how the relationship might operate. Some useful questions to assist in the discussion include:

  •  What do we want to achieve from this relationship?
  •  What time frame are we considering?
  •  How will the mentoring process work?
  •  Who is responsible for maintaining the connection? How should this be managed?
  •  Where shall we meet?
  •  How often?
  •  What are the expectations in relation to preparation?
  •  What are our understandings with respect to confidentiality, respect, honesty, and trust?

Following this first meeting, you will need to maintain the relationship.

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