It may seem intuitive that the mentor steer the relationship with his/her mentee — after all, (s)he is likely the senior party. However, it can be argued that mentees should be more proactive than their mentors in directing the partnership. Mentees who sit idle are subject to being overlooked by busy mentors. Mentors wisely attend to mentees who demonstrate how much they value their professional development.
What steps have you taken to show a mentor that you’re eager and committed?