Working With a Mentor

One of the best ways to further your skills and professional development is to develop a relationship with a mentor. A mentor is someone you can trust that can offer you crucial information for your success including advice, broader context and history than you may have, and can act as a sounding board for you. Mentors can also challenge you to see new perspectives and provide inspiration.

While GW does not have a formal mentor/mentee program, we encourage employees to build informal mentoring relationships. Whether you wish to become a mentor or are looking to find the right mentor to guide you in your career here, you can use these tips to ensure your relationship is productive.

Guidance for Mentees

  • Your mentor does not have to be part of your team, school, or department. Look for those who work in careers you admire and/or aspire to, which may be outside of your current career or role. Use these tips to help you identify potential mentors.
  • Consider having a network of mentors rather than a single mentor. This helps broaden your perspective and may help reduce the time that a single mentor may have to commit to.
  • Be respectful of your mentor’s time. Before meeting, prepare a list of questions or discussion topics you’d like input on.
  • Be open to your mentor’s ideas and suggestions. Practice active listening skills so you can take full advantage of their insights.
  • Be willing to take risks and follow through on challenging assignments your mentor sets out for you.


Individual Performance

Find guidance to develop each factor on the performance review form.