The Best Ways To Say Bye To Your Mentor And Keep The Relationship Alive

Mentoring Best Practices
Published on
October 6, 2019

The ability to remain professional also includes the ability to realize when the mentoring relationship has run its course or when it is no longer necessary. This blog helps you identify the signs needed to move on from a mentor/mentee and prepare for ending the relationship.

Keep moving

When mentors/mentees feel that they have achieved their goals, it would be the right time to end the mentorship course. The biggest challenge in a mentoring program is to end the relationship because it may lead to anxiety or surprise. Although a lot of effort is put throughout the mentoring course, people often ignore the ending phase of mentoring. Individuals who fear that ending the relationship may hurt the other person may have a feeling of difficulty and discomfort. There are also instances when mentoring partners become friends, and they sway more into an informal relationship. But, keep moving, for it is your life and career.

Access what you have learned

At this stage, both the mentor and the mentee must have a mutual learning experience. To have a satisfying end to your mentoring experience, you must be proactive and evaluate your relationship periodically. Always respect your mentoring partners and honor their wishes because that would give a feeling of easiness while ending the relationship. Make sure that you arrive on time for each mentoring session; failing to do so would create hardships when ending the mentoring relationship. Here are a few tips that can help you make the best out of your mentor.  

Be in touch

Stay in touch with your mentor partners, at least through occasional emails. Don’t end your mentorship abruptly; giving an early notice would be good, and always tell about ending the relationship in person. Mentees must have a clear idea of what they are going to do after the mentorship program. It would be great when both the mentor and mentee exchange pleasantries on how the course has benefitted them. Finally, celebrate for having such an excellent mentoring program and be grateful for all you have learned. Here are a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind.  

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