Guidelines for Mentees

To be involved in a mentoring relationship is a privilege for both participants, and as a result it is important to be gracious and thoughtful towards each other. When unclear about what to do or how to act, please seek guidance from the mentoring resources, or better yet, ask your mentor.

Mentee Responsibilities:

  • Eagerness to learn
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team player
  • Patience
  • Be a risk taker
  • Have a positive attitude

Guidelines for Mentees

  1. Allow your mentor to take the lead in the relationship, at least initially. Listen and respect the opportunities, limitations and format of the relationship he or she is able to provide for you. Always act with courtesy and respect towards your mentor.
  2. Use active listening skills during discussions with your mentor. Take notes when appropriate, ask good questions and have a purpose for your questions.
  3. Prepare the goals and objectives you have for your career. Be prepared to ask for specific guidance and advice on your goals, plans and strategic ideas.
  4. Take the initiative to ask for feedback. Feedback, although difficult to hear at times, is critical to your personal and professional growth and development. Honest feedback gives you an opportunity to improve yourself and help you to move towards fulfilling your potential.
  5. Return phone calls promptly and be on time with commitments or meetings. If your mentor offers a specific time frame of availability, respect his/her wishes by following through.
  6. Demonstrate that you have followed advice or commitments for action at every opportunity, even if you have modified your plan. Pointing out that you used your mentor’s help and sharing outcomes is important.
  7. Express your appreciation for every form of assistance you get.
  8. Follow up with your mentor after termination to keep in touch, to share your progress and to continue to express your gratitude.