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Expectations of Mentees

  • Be engaged. Initiate communication, conversations, and meetings with your mentor.
  • Maintain a commitment to the relationship and willingness to dedicate time to support the relationship.
  • Sophomore mentees will attend virtual events.
  • Junior mentees will schedule at minimum two meetings per semester. Please note, every effort is made to match you with a mentor in either a location or industry of interest, however, it may not always be possible.
  • Ask questions and seek advice from mentors regarding topics that both interest you and will be helpful in your personal and professional development.
  • Create goals for the relationship and proactively work towards those goals.
  • Respond promptly to mentor phone calls, emails, suggestions, and requests.
  • Be open to mentor feedback and suggestions.
  • Evaluate on-going progress and provide honest feedback.
  • Provide program feedback, as well as any questions, comments, or concerns to the Coordinator.

Tips for Successful Mentorship

Be engaged and maintain that engagement.
Mentorship is a two-way street. Both you and your mentor will find value from the relationship. When each of you is open to learning from each other, it creates a more effective mentorship. Plus, being engaged increases your experience as a mentee.

Communicate openly.
Inform your mentor of any goals you may have for the program and in life. This helps to set an expectation, but also for your mentor to learn more about you. Even if you cannot make contact with your mentor very often, try to keep it consistent (i.e. email her every couple of weeks).

Understand that your mentor is a guide.
Your mentor is there for you as a guide, not a decision-maker. Mentors will not tell you exactly what to do, but they may guide you throughout a situation and share their experiences.
A Guide to Understanding the Role of a Mentor

Get to know your mentor.
Be sure to get to know your mentor on a personal level. While mentors are excellent career resources, you can learn a lot from their personal stories as well. We all come from diverse backgrounds and have varying experiences – you may share commonalities that you could not have predicted. You will also have the opportunity to get to know other mentors throughout events.
40 Questions to Ask A Mentor

Appreciate your mentor. Time is the most valuable gift you can give another individual. Your mentor is taking the time to work with you throughout the year. We recommend utilizing this time wisely: identifying potential goals, getting to know your mentor, attending and being prepared for events, and being fully present.
How best to support, honor, and show gratitude for your mentors

Have fun!
These programs are meant to assist in your growth both personally and professionally. Enjoy your time with your mentor. Stay positive and remember that your mentor has dedicated their time to work with you in this mentorship.

Other Resources

4 Questions You Should Ask Your Mentor

100 Questions to Ask Your Mentor and Mentee

Tips for a Successful Virtual Mentorship (includes suggestions for virtual activities)

Potential Topics and Themes to Discuss with Your Mentor

How to Be a Great Mentee

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Mentor Relationship

Advice from Former Mentees

“Just be yourself and open. You can be professional while being yourself. Really get to know them and, even if you can’t think of how to help them, always show that the relationship is mutual (not just them helping you). Usually, I just mention something like “and if there is anything I could ever do for you or give an opinion on, I would be more than happy to!”

“Be open to feedback and continue to reach out and ask for help if you need it.”

“Take advantage of the knowledge your mentor has. Take feedback and learn what your mentor is saying.”

“Make the most out of it.”

“Take advantage of this opportunity and invest in your relationship with your mentor!”


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