You should have a plan set with your mentor with goals and such and a monthly review to go over your progress. As for a timeline who knows it could be a month it could be a year. The bench doesnt seem to be used as much as people like to talk about it. Just keep working on improving yourself and your skills and hope you get lucky. Do as much as you can to interact with your leadership team, networking (ass kissing) is just as important as being a good hardworking tm if not more. Actually its probably much more important.So when exactly can I expect to be getting ready to be “on the bench”? Do I have to complete certain tasks? Is there a certain amount of time that needs to pass? As far as I know, I’m merely in the pipeline and I’d just like to know when I’ll be taking the next step.