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What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is a professional relationship in which the mentor assists the mentee in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance his or her professional and personal growth. A mentoring relationship can help students make the transition from the academic environment to the working world. Mentoring is the age-old tradition of the older generation sharing expertise and wisdom to help prepare the younger generation for the world ahead.
Mentors provide mentees with knowledge, advice, counsel support and opportunities in the development of mentees careers and professional lives. Mentors share their knowledge skills and talents with their mentees. They address character development and assist the mentees with professional growth.
Expectations of a Mentor:
The mentee is expected to facilitate the mentor relationship by initiating meeting times and discussion topics that are meaningful and relevant. The program is designed to have topics of discussion and tasks for the mentor and mentee to do together to further build upon the relationship. The mentor and mentee is expected to attend the kick-off event and follow through on suggested topics and/or events.
Benefits of Being a Mentor:
There are many benefits to being in a mentoring program. Here are a few:
1. Encouraging and challenging students to pursue future careers
2. Develop a meaningful relationship with your mentee
3. Opportunity to pass on the knowledge that you have learned
4. Keeps you connected to the University
5. Opportunity to network with other mentors
6. Grow your network with other mentors that are outside of your industry
The Roles of Mentors and Mentees:
The mentee will...
- Initiate and be responsible for maintaining contact with his/her mentor
- Guides conversations by providing relevant and meaningful topics
- Maintains professionalism
- Takes an active role in working with his/her mentor
- Looks for opportunities to grow and develop by asking for feedback and reflecting on conversations
The mentor will...
- Listen to the needs and expectations of the mentee
- Offer suggestions and give clear feedback
- Encourage and challenge the mentee to explore new ideas
- Provide insight into making informed and ethical decisions
- Offer real-life perspective and insight into the world outside of the classroom
- Develop realistic and attainable goals