The partnership between mentor and mentee is built upon trust, respect, and professionalism.
As a mentor, your role is one of coach, guide, motivator, advisor, and role model.
- Sharing knowledge about specific jobs, career paths, industries, and organizational cultures.
- Facilitating networking and building a professional network that will help your student consider career choices and goals.
- Providing constructive feedback about your mentee’s personal and professional skills.
- Communicating your expectations and working with the mentee to set clearly defined goals.
- Guiding your mentee toward achieving a specific goal.
- Setting realistic expectations regarding method and frequency of communication with your mentee.
- Being available and maintaining consistent contact.
- Listening to your mentee.
A mentor is an advisor who may provide academic or career guidance, networking opportunities, and insights into the working world. Similar career goals, shared interests, or common academic backgrounds provide the foundation for the student/mentor relationship. The student and the mentor will mutually agree upon the nature of the relationship.
Guidelines to Becoming a Mentor
A successful mentorship involves initiative on the part of both the student and the mentor. The following list includes activities and steps that mentors may take to benefit mentees.
- Be in contact with mentee at least once a month.
- Be approachable and accessible by e-mail and/or telephone.
- Attend the on-campus mentor program events (if you are local).
- Schedule a visit to your workplace (if you are local).
Benefits of Mentoring
- Enrich your own life by making a difference in someone else’s.
- Reconnect to the School of Biological Sciences on a personal level.
- Gain new skills as you advise and counsel students.
- Share your own experiences and insights.