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What do I do at the end of a mentoring relationship?

The end of a mentoring relationship is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made and the impact of the mentoring relationship on both the mentor and mentee. Here are some steps you can take at the end of a mentoring relationship:

Reflect on the progress made

Reflect on the goals and objectives set at the beginning of the mentoring relationship and the progress that has been made towards achieving them. Discuss with the mentee the progress they've made, the lessons they've learned, and how the mentoring relationship has helped them.

Share feedback

Share feedback on the mentoring relationship and encourage the mentee to do the same. This can help to identify what worked well and what could be improved in future mentoring relationships.

Assess future needs

Assess the mentee's future needs and explore potential next steps for the mentee's professional development. This can include identifying further training or education opportunities, or connecting the mentee with additional resources or contacts.

Close the relationship gracefully

End the mentoring relationship in a respectful and professional manner. Express appreciation for the time and effort invested in the mentoring relationship, and make sure to keep in touch in the future if both parties are open to it.

Evaluate the relationship

Take time to evaluate the mentoring relationship, both for yourself and for the mentee, you may have learned some new skills or have some perspective, those evaluations can help you to improve on the next mentoring relationship.

Recognize and celebrate the achievements

Reflect on the progress and achievements made during the mentoring relationship and celebrate the mentee's successes, this could be a nice way to close the mentoring relationship and both parties can feel fulfilled and accomplished.

Ending a mentoring relationship is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made and the impact of the mentoring relationship, by following these steps you can ensure a smooth ending, and maintain an open connection with your mentee in the future, in case they need additional guidance and support.