Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How To Be A Great Mentee

We recently introduced Lisa, a guest blogger here on Under PRessure and for our friend Lindsay of That Working Girl. A PR and Poli Sci double major, we love the take on the field that she'll be providing for us, starting with this post!

One of my favorite parts of the public relations industry is that everyone is so eager to mentor and be mentored. I am privileged to have been both a mentee and a mentor in the last couple years and have taken notes on how to make the most out of those experiences. Being a mentee is such a rewarding experience as long as you make the most out of it.

So here are some tips on how to be a great mentee:

1. Listen up: It’s important that as a mentee, you listen to what your mentor has to say. He/she can provide you with career insight, personal advice, constructive criticism, tips and tricks about life and the public relations industry. Since a mentor is more knowledgeable about certain areas you may not be familiar with, it only benefits you to listen to what they have to say and apply it to your life. Your mentor is taking the time out of their busy schedule to ensure you are succeeding, so the least you can do is listen to what they have to say.

2. Shadow them: Mentors love when their mentee is eager to find out what a typical day for them is. Ask your mentor if it would be okay to shadow them at work to get a feel for what your future career may entail. Shadowing will provide you with so much insight about two things: the work ethic of your mentor and the PR industry as a whole. Observing their office behavior, dress, attitude, etc. can be a great way to learn and then emulate that when you start your career.

3. Ask questions [Ed. note: this is SO important!]: If you want your mentor to look over your resume; ask. If you want to know what your strengths and weaknesses are when pitching a story; ask. If you need advice from your mentor on how to write a press release; then ask! It’s as simple as that. They want you to go to them for guidance, that’s what they are there for! A mentor is there to answer any questions you may have about practically anything. Even if they are not able to answer your question, they often know exactly the right person to direct you to talk to.

If you have not reached out to someone to be your mentor, I strongly encourage you to do so. Find someone that you trust and someone that also shares the same interests as you and ask them to be your mentor. A mentor and mentee relationship does not have to be so formal and proper. I like to look at my mentors as friends who just happen to provide me with a lot of advice and guidance.
Please feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have!




  1. I'm not in PR but I love these tips for mentees! They're great advice for anyone looking for a mentor.

    1. We're glad you love the advice! Our team really hopes to inspire a large variety of young professionals with an emphasis on PR. :)