May 16, 2023 2 Min Read
Maximize Your Growth Experience: Set Your Mentoring Program Goal At The OSU
Congratulations! You are about to embark on a mentoring program. Mentorship will provide you a personalized opportunity to grow professionally both in the near term, and as well as your future.
To get the most out of a mentoring program, other mentees suggest that you begin by setting a goal. Setting a goal creates motivation and behavior to accomplish the goal. Setting goals is also a way to be accountable for action. Researchers in goal-setting theory show that goals not only affect behavior, but they also help mobilize energy which leads to a higher effort overall.
“Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning.” Anonymous
We want you to have higher performance as a consequence of participating in this mentoring opportunity and that’s why we are asking you to take a minute to reflect on your goals. To make it easy, consider these common motivators for a mentoring relationship. One or more of these may resonate with you.
My goal is to:
- Grow my skills and capabilities needed to excel at the challenges ahead.
- Develop strategies that allow me to grow and succeed, in balance with my personal life.
- Cultivate the behaviors I need to prepare me to take on more responsibility.
- Grow my ability to work with others more effectively.
Your next step will be to meet with a mentor about your goals. Why? A mentor offers guidance and support, to clarify your thinking, probe for deeper meaning, prioritize, add realism, and drive commitment. The key to a successful mentoring relationship is communication, commitment and clarity. Goal setting is the start of all three pillars of mentoring. You can prepare for the mentor conversation by identifying some specific examples of challenges, growth areas and requests of your mentor.