ILAE Mentoring Program: Mentee

What is a mentee?

The mentor-mentee relationship is a two-way street. Mentees can provide feedback and new perspectives to mentors, while helping them work on their leadership skills and growth. Core actions on the part of a mentee include being proactive, open-minded, focused (set your goals), and accountable (see Mentee’s Guide).

Participating in a mentoring program offers mentees numerous benefits that can significantly contribute to their personal and professional development:

  • Gain support and knowledge: Impactful mentoring provides mentees with advice, wisdom, encouragement, new skills, and institutional knowledge. Mentors help mentees navigate challenges, make informed decisions, and set achievable goals. Mentees benefit from exposure to their mentor's diverse experiences and insights. This exposure can broaden their perspectives and encourage them to think outside the box.
  • Increased self-confidence: Interacting with a mentor who believes in their potential can boost a mentee's self-confidence. This confidence can lead to taking on new challenges and pursuing opportunities they might have otherwise hesitated to explore.
  • Encouragement to take risks: Mentors often provide a safe space for mentees to explore new ideas and take calculated risks, empowering them to step outside their comfort zones.
  • Personal growth: Mentoring programs encourage mentees to reflect on their strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations. This self-reflection fosters personal growth and self-awareness.
  • Networking and career development: Through their mentor's connections, mentees can gain access to a broader professional network, leading to new opportunities and career growth. Feedback from mentors can further improve workplace performance.

How to apply?

If you want to be a mentee in the ILAE Mentoring Program, please indicate your interest during abstract submission for the following ILAE congress.
Note: Please understand that ILAE cannot provide financial support for mentees, e.g., towards congress registration or accommodation.