End of February/Early March: Introductory meeting
Meet to get to know each other and begin to make plans for how the mentor can help the mentee achieve their short and long term goals.
Key topics to cover:
Student’s long term career goals, if known
Student’s short term career goals
Student’s goals for career development/exploration this semester
Student’s class schedule & availability to work on career development this semester
How the mentor may be able to help the student
Preferred methods of communication
March: Create Mentorship Plan of Action
Follow up with each other via email or in a separate meeting to discuss what steps mentor and mentee should take this semester. We would suggest deciding on 3 small or large action items for the semester that mentor and mentee can work towards together. Below are some examples of mentorship action items:
April: check in, continue work on action items
Meet to discuss action items if applicable, otherwise check in via email or in a meeting about semester events and progress on action items. As the semester progresses goals may change and time available may change. Be sure to adjust goals to work best for the student.
April/May: end of semester meeting
Meet to discuss how the semester went for the student and what should happen moving forward.
Key topics to cover:
Have the student’s long or short term career goals changed over the course of the semester?
Are there new/different careers or scientific topics that the student would like to explore?
Does the student have any new questions about science/careers in science based on their experiences this semester?
Were you able to achieve the action items/goals for this semester? If not, are these goals still important to the student to continue working toward? If these action items were completed, how were they helpful/unhelpful in moving the student toward long term goals?
What’s next for the student? What are there goals for the summer/next semester for career development/exploration?
Are there ways the mentor can continue to help the student moving forward?