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 mentee, and to contribute to their 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 support and interaction at least once per month over 12 months. Interaction can take place via phone, email and other web-related tools or face-to-face, as appropriate. 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 specific skills development, technical information, personal encouragement, and so on.
- What other commitments are there? Mentors are also asked to complete initial training and attend two more one-hour webinars over the 12 months, agree to our Code of Practice, and complete online program evaluations as requested.
- How long will the commitment be? We ask our mentors to make commitments of at least twelve months 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.
- 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 Admin immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
- Do I have to use all areas of the online platform? Not at all.
We encourage all participants to use the platform initially to view the connection information for your mentee and become familiar with the tools that are available. The platform has been designed with various functions to assist you on your mentoring journey. It is a personal choice if you wish to use the full function of the platform or not.
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- COMMIT AT LEAST ONE INTERACTION/HOUR OF SUPPORT per month.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and honour 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, fax, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate
- Respond to emails from your mentee within 2 days of receipt.
- 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.
- 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.
- Above all, LISTEN.
- Try to give advice on everything.
- Encourage mentee to be totally dependent upon you.
- Be too busy when the mentee needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the mentee a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.
- Recognise if the mentee is not coping with an issue or may require professional help that is beyond your expertise
- Provide the mentee with resources and solutions, for example, textbooks, internet sites, networking at AVA events
- Help the mentee learn and improve communication skills if needed
- Avoid intended or unintended use of power
- Adjust mentoring to the needs of the mentee.