Abstract: Mentoring in the workplace has become a very common element of induction programs in business, industry, and education (Johnson, 2007). Students leaving graduate programs can expect to enter mentoring relationships as protégés, whether assigned or voluntarily. Three professors in two different states share a concern that graduate programs are not adequately preparing students to be effective protégés in future mentoring relationships. To determine if this was the reality in their field of study in their respective states, the authors conducted a survey to identify the extent to which the elements of the framework of Characteristics of Effective Protégéship were being addressed in graduate education. Results indicated that intentional protégé preparation is not taking place. Based on this information, the authors committed to collaborations with professors in their respective states who indicated an interest in intentionally preparation of protégés for future mentoring relationships.

AVAILABLE AT: http://cnx.org/content/m33976/latest/

Keywords: mentoring, protégés, graduate education

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