Expectations for Mentors and Mentees

Both individuals can benefit from personal growth, unique learning opportunities, and expanded networks. Successful mentor/mentee relationships often continue long after the formal commitment ends.

Expectations for mentors

  • State clearly your time availability.
  • Meet as often as your schedules permit.
  • Provide help by answering questions. Serve as a learning broker, and be a sounding board for issues relating to the mentee's career goals and development. Talk about skills mentee could acquire to add value.
  • Provide suggestions and advice on goals and activities that might lead to rewarding employment opportunities. Share stories about how others made their way in the profession that might be relevant to the mentee.
  • Give feedback and provide opportunities for creative development and process evaluation to help the mentee gain confidence and/or presentation skills.
  • Be a catalyst for mentee developing his/her own network. Point to others he/she might reach out to and engage.
  • Keep any commitments made or communicate in a timely manner if you need to re-schedule.
  • Keep confidences with mentee.
  • Work out right away any minor concerns about the relationship.
  • Evaluate the relationship at various points.
  • Communicate the duration of time you're available to mentor (one month, one semester, one school year)

Expectations for mentees

  • Communicate clearly and professionally in a timely manner.
  • Meet as often as your schedules permit.
  • Take initiative to drive the relationship and be responsible for your own career development and planning. Ask questions.
  • Ask for suggestions and advice early in the relationship. When advice is given, listen to the mentor, be willing to apply at least some of their ideas, and let him or her know the results.
  • Invite feedback and be open to discussions and constructive criticism.
  • Elicit Mentor's advice on developing other informal mentoring relationships.
  • Keep any commitments made.
  • Keep confidences with mentor.
  • Work out any minor concerns about the relationship.
  • Evaluate the relationship at various points.