Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities


Mentor Responsibilities

Do

  • Act in ways that are ethical
  • Value the diverse economic, cultural, and religious traits of mentees
  • Less talking and more listening
  • Keep conversations confidential
  • Promote independence allowing mentees to learn by experience
  • Level the playing field
  • Work with mentee’s to create goals and outcomes
  • Express appreciation for mentees
  • Keep the relationship professional
  • Embody positivity, patience, dependability, honesty and sincerity
  • Encourage, praise and compliment
  • Listen actively
  • Help identify talents/strengths
  • Have fun

Don't

  • Assume the role of problem solver
  • Force a mentee in one direction
  • Assume that their schedule has priority
  • Jump to conclusions
  • Expect to have instant rapport
  • Lecture, moralize or preach
  • Make promises they can’t keep
  • Impose beliefs or values
  • Come unprepared
  • Breach confidentiality
  • End the relationship on a sour note



Mentee Responsibilities

Do

  • Take initiative and seek out council.
  • Take responsibility for learning goals/outcomes.
  • Welcome new experiences.
  • Be open to feedback
  • Come to each meeting prepared.
  • Commitment to the relationship. 
  • Be open/honest.
  • Be aware of time constraints with your mentor.
  • Be realistic and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Take advantage of the great experience.

Don't

  • Expect mentors to solve problems or do the work.
  • Shy away from new learning experiences.
  • Avoid talking about issues/concerns.
  • Don’t lie or exaggerate.
  • Take actions based on what you are told to do; do what is best for you.
  • Criticize your mentor. 
  • Cancel meetings and/or visits at the last minute.
  • Complain about people or missed opportunities.
  • Expect your mentor to find you a job.