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Determining Your Needs

There are a number of ways to determine your needs.

  • Review your last performance evaluation; were there areas in which your supervisor felt you needed more development and expertise?
  • Read job descriptions or want-ads for positions you aspire to hold in the next three to five years. What skills do you have already? What skills/experiences do you need to develop to be qualified for these positions?
  • List three basic needs that you have in your current position (e.g., less stress, more responsibility, more challenge, more respect).
  • Think about what you currently enjoy in your current situation (job or otherwise)? What's missing?

Any one of these questions can help you define down your needs, which in turn can help you identify an appropriate mentor and help your selected mentor identify ways he or she can assist you.