At the first meeting/contact, both parties can establish whether the mentor would be able to meet the mentee’s needs. If rapport is established and both parties feel that they can work well together, they can take the conversation further. Initially, this should establish the boundaries of the relationship, probable length, when and how will you ‘meet’, ways of working, confidentiality, and most importantly: learning and development objectives.
There is no fixed time that mentoring relationships are expected to last – it is a matter for the mentee and mentor to decide. It often depends on the mentee’s needs. We recommend about two years but there is no maximum length.