A mentor is a guide, a friend, and a resource who both helps pave the way to success and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your mentee as you contribute to his or her professional and personal development.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What am I expected to do? Mentors are expected to provide their mentee with about one hour of direct support and interaction per month. This interaction is expected to take place face-to-face (in person), voice-to-voice (phone), or video (Skype, Adobe Connect, Google Hangout, Vidyo, etc). Using email, text, and other technology tools can always be used to complement the interactions. Mentors should work with their mentee to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to finding jobs, general career advice, information on advanced degrees and studies, technical information, personal encouragement, and so on.
- How long will the commitment be? We expect mentors to make a commitment of one academic year (September through May) in order to ensure that the mentee is able to fully benefit from the relationship. 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 mentees; instead, the relationship should only involve the flow of general information and advice.
- The relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? We encourage letting the mentee know about the situation and contact the program administrator immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
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- Commit at least ONE interaction/hour of support per month.
- Take responsibility to initiate the relationship.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
- Invite the mentee to meetings or activities, as appropriate. Schedule meetings with planned topics.
- Be flexible on meeting times and places.
- Arrange frequent contacts through telephone, email, face-to-face, Skype, etc., as appropriate.
- Respond to emails from your mentee within two (2) days.
- Keep information that your mentee has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the mentee needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- If something concerning your mentee needs to be discussed, try to first discuss it within the mentoring relationship. If the concern that needs to be discussed with others, please contact the W. P. Carey School of Business Mentorship Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 mentee.
- Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.
- Enjoy the mentoring relationship.
- Above all, LISTEN.
- Do not give advice on everything.
- Do not criticize.
- Don't encourage your mentee to be totally dependent upon you.
- You do not need to share your entire personal history, problems, challenges, animosities, successes, failures, etc. unless you choose to do so and they are constructive contributions to your mentoring conversations.
- Life can get very busy, but try not be too busy when your mentee needs advice, guidance, or support. If you know your time will be severely limited for a period of time, please let your mentee know.
- Mentor-mentee relationships within the W. P. Carey School of Business Mentorship Programs are meant to be professional in nature. Meetings between mentors and mentees should never take place at happy hours, bars, social parties, or similar locations.