A mentor is a guide. A friend. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your protégé, and to contribute to their professional and personal development.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What am I expected to do? Mentors are expected to provide their protégé with at least one hour of support and interaction per month. Most of this interaction will take place via e-mail, phone, text or face-to-face, as appropriate. Mentors should work with their protégé to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to finding jobs, general career advice, information on higher studies, technical information, personal encouragement, and so on.
- How long will the commitment be? The mentor/protégé connection is for four months. The connections are made at the beginning of the spring (mid-January) and fall (mid-August) semesters. Mentors are asked to commit to the program for the full semester. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background.
- Are there any potential risks to me or my company? No. It is not appropriate for mentors to engage in any business transactions with their protégés; instead, the relationship should only involve the flow of general information and advice.
- Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? We encourage letting the protégé know about the situation and contact the Administrator immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
- COMMIT AT LEAST ONE INTERACTION/HOUR OF SUPPORT per month.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
- Invite the protégé to meetings or activities, as appropriate. Schedule meetings with planned topics.
- Be flexible on meeting times and places.
- Arrange frequent contacts through telephone, e-mail, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate.
- Respond to e-mails from your protégé within 2 days of receipt.
- Keep information that your protégé has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the protégé needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
- Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
- Provide honest and timely feedback to your protégé.
- Provide opportunities for the protégé to talk about concerns and ask questions.
- Above all, LISTEN.
- Try to give advice on everything.
- Encourage protégé to be totally dependent upon you.
- Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc unless they are constructive contributions.
- Be too busy when the protégé needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the protégé a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.