Learning Goals for Mentees
Objective: As part of deciding to seek a mentor, mentees need to outline the learning goals they want to achieve through mentoring.
1. Ask Yourself These Questions:
- What do I need to achieve current and future career goals?
- What are trends in research development and how will the trends effect skills and competencies I may need to develop?
- What professional and functional skills do I need?
- What experiences do I need to have? Examples could include learning about research/proposal development, understanding funding agencies, acquiring cross-functional knowledge, gaining research project management or leadership experience.
- What work effectiveness skills do I need? Examples could include: managing conflict, understanding faculty needs, communication, collaboration across disciplines team building.
- What ideas, goals and metrics are in my Individual Professional Development Plan?
- What work needs to be done to support goals in my institution?
- What current challenges, problems or opportunities do I need to address?
- What information have I received from performance reviews, or other feedback that could become a learning goal?
2. Mentees: Identify 3-5 learning goals by leveraging multiple resources:
- Professional development discussion from your performance review
- Discussion with your supervisor on difficult topics
- Work-Life Integration
- NORDP Self-Assessment