Guidance for mentees
Guidance for mentees

The following In-house Advisor practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Guidance for mentees
  • Do I really need a mentor?
  • How do I find the right mentor?
  • What else should you be doing?
  • What should I talk about?
  • Mentee checklist—things to think about before your mentoring meetings

This Practice Note provides guidance for mentees and consider what it takes to be a good mentee and whether mentoring the right choice for you. For further guidance on mentoring generally, see Practice Notes: Mentoring for in-house lawyers .

Do I really need a mentor?

What can mentees hope to gain from the mentoring relationship? Aside from a valuable ally within the business and an insight into what it means to operate at the most senior levels, you should also be able to get the following from a mentoring relationship:

  1. expert guidance

  2. sound advice

  3. encouragement

  4. a critical friend who will tell you the things you need to hear

  5. a chance to talk through professional concerns

  6. increased self awareness

  7. career development

Mentoring schemes can also provide ongoing support, advice and feedback on work. This approach can help you actively assess your learning and development (L&D) needs and obtain knowledge, advice and expertise to help you meet the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) requirements under the SRA competence regime—for further information, see Practice Note: Introduction to the SRA Competency regime.

It will be up to the mentor and the mentee to agree the structure and format for the mentoring sessions but the focus should always remain professional. Areas you could cover include:

  1. your work-related issues

  2. learning from your mentors' work-related issues

  3. office politics

  4. career development

  5. dealing with change

  6. time management

  7. working

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