The role of a Mentor will vary depending upon the goals of the Protégé and the type of support he or she is seeking. In general, mentoring should focus on developing individuals to help them reach their full potential. A successful Mentor may assume any number of roles, including:
Coach - Helps clarify development needs; provides feedback on the Protégé's strengths and opportunity areas; helps the Protégé build confidence
Advisor - Helps the Protégé explore issues more deeply by examining, questioning, and openly discussing all aspects of his or her ideas
Navigator - Explains how corporate America functions; shares critical knowledge; identifies relevant resources; clarifies organizational goals and objectives
Developer - Offers the Protégé new perspectives and encourages him or her to take calculated risks
Communicator - Encourages a two-way exchange of information; listens and responds to concerns; acts as a sounding board
Remember, ACP Operations Associates are here to assist you and provide guidance, support, and encouragement throughout the year.
Getting Started with Your Mentorship:
- Guidelines For Your First Meeting or Videoconference
- Learn to Use Google+ Videoconferencing
- Template of a One Year Action Plan
Support Throughout Your Mentorship:
- Recommended Reading List
- Recommended Quarterly Activities
- Networking Tips
- End of Mentorship Checklist
Customized Resources for Your Mentorship:
- Your Mentorship is Long-Distance
- Your Protégé is a Student
- Your Protégé Started a New Job
- Your Protégé is Deployed
Two of the most comprehensive sites for learning more about the military are the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Archives’ list of links. Additionally, the VA offers a special web page specifically for OIF/OEF veterans which offers helpful information about returning home from war.
Military ranks can be somewhat confusing. Each armed service branch has three tiers: Commissioned and Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Junior Enlisted Personnel. The following graphics illustrate the military ranking system for each branch of service: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.