There are many specific things you could thank your mentor for after a coffee meeting, depending on what was discussed and what you gained from the conversation. Here are a few ideas:
- Their time and willingness to meet with you
- Their insights and perspective on your career goals and challenges
- Any specific advice or guidance they provided
- Any introductions or connections they made on your behalf
- Any resources or materials they shared with you
- Their encouragement and support
It’s also a good idea to mention any specific actions you plan to take as a result of your conversation, as this shows that you value their input and are taking their advice to heart.
“I really appreciate the suggestion to [take action] and I plan to [follow through with specific action] as a result. Thank you for your guidance.”
An even better thank-you note is to explain the actions you have already taken right after meeting with your mentor, showing your commitment to taking massive action and making the most of your mentor’s imparted wisdom.
Business thank-you letter / follow-up letter (for advice)
This is an effective follow-up email to send to a mentor or business colleague for their investment of time and energy in you. They will be pleased to know how much you value their time and suggestions, and they will know you DO value their time, because you have taken action on their suggestions.
You could also consider writing your words of appreciation as a formal letter and mailing it to emphasize its importance.
SUBJECT: Thank You for January Coffee Meeting
Ms. Robbins, thank you for giving me so much of your limited time last Monday afternoon and for your actionable suggestions for my career advancement.
I did follow up on both of your suggestions. Grant Billows has asked me to come to work on his new start-up project; I’ll be assuming those new responsibilities after the first of the month. Also, I notified Training of my interest in the upcoming programming course — and, due to a last-minute cancellation, I am enrolled to attend next week. The ball is rolling!
Please know how much I appreciate your interest in my studies and career advancement.
A general thank-you note to a business mentor for their career advice and guidance over the longer term:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the valuable career advice you have given me over the past [time period]. Your guidance has been invaluable to me and has helped shape my professional path in a positive way.
I am especially grateful for the [specific advice or support they provided] that you shared with me. It has had a significant impact on my [career development/job search/etc.]. Your insights and perspective have been incredibly helpful, and I feel much more confident and prepared as a result of our conversations.
Again, thank you for being an amazing mentor and for your ongoing support and guidance. I truly appreciate everything you have done for me.
Thank You Note After Interview
Thank You for the Personal Reference