In an informal mentoring relationship, the Mentee will reach out to you on an as needed basis. They may have questions about a specific skill that they developing and/or they are looking for a sounding board about an issue they are experiencing. There are many reasons why the Mentee may reach out to you for a few more minutes for your time. Here are a few ideas on how you can be a terrific informal mentor:
- Check-in on the Mentee from time to time. Even though it is the Mentees responsibility to reach out to you for help - it never hurts to check in with them to see how they are progressing
- Recommend resources, books and articles to your Mentee
- Connect your Mentee to people in your network
- Be accessible and available to meet every so often
Informal mentoring relationships can last for years. However, if at any point you would like to end the relationship, all you need to do is discuss this with your Mentee and complete the program evaluation.