Find Your Mentor

Now is your moment to actually choose your mentor, set up a meeting, and get them to sign on to help you over this long term project. 

Before your first meeting with your mentor:

  • Contact your mentor by phone or email to set up a meeting. If you’re unsure how to start, revisit the informational interview practice path for tips.
  • Prepare to explain your project idea, what you expect from the mentorship, and your personal goals.
  • Come up with at least 5 open-ended questions to ask during your meeting. These can be about project advice, their knowledge, project management tips, etc.

Meeting Goals

  • Share your project idea and get feedback.
  • Discuss what you expect from the mentorship.
  • Create an agreement video with your mentor.

On the day of your meeting:

  • Dress appropriately.
  • Be on time.
  • Spit out your gum.
  • Come prepared with a notebook, pen, any information that you would like to share with your mentor, and your questions. 
  • Remember that you are managing this meeting. That means that you are responsible for the agenda. You will need to have concrete questions and your research ready to share with your mentor. 
  • Be ready to accept feedback in a positive manner.
  • Before you meet with your mentor, if you are feeling anxious, try out the box breathing technique to help calm you down pre-meeting. 
  • Make sure to thank your mentor.

At the end of your meeting

  • Make a video with your mentor that includes the following information. Then post it on the path.
    • Who your mentor is.
    • How they are going to help you.
    • The time commitment and format of communication.


Remember, this is your chance to make a great impression and set the foundation for a productive mentorship!

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