Mentoring Guidelines

For Mentees:

  • Choose success. Show your commitment to the mentorship by being responsive and following through.
  • Initiate. Reach out to your mentor by asking questions and be ready to discuss why you are seeking help. Try using open-ended questions (questions that elicit more than a “yes” or “no” response). For example, instead of asking “Are you happy with your career?”, ask “What do you enjoy most about your career?”.
  • Communicate responsively and effectively. Mentors are accustomed to email responses within 2-3 days in their professional work, so please try to be as responsive as possible. Provide timely, honest, and thoughtful responses to your mentor whether it’s through email, phone, or in-person meetings.
  • Think critically. Listen to your mentor’s perspectives, critically evaluate their opinions, and remember that you make the final decision.
  • Stay positive. Don’t be discouraged if your first or second mentor matches aren’t what you were looking for. If you think that there might be a better fit for you, you can continue searching for other mentors by completing a new mentorship request form.
  • Participate in surveys. We are committed to continually improving the StudentMentor.org experience for you. Please help us by providing your candid feedback in our short surveys.

For Mentors:

  • Choose success. Show your commitment to the mentorship by being responsive and following through. For the best experience, please offer your mentorship to at least 2 or 3 mentees since we cannot ensure a match with any single mentee.
  • Initiate. Reach out to your mentee by sharing your background and experiences and asking open-ended questions. Encourage an active dialogue rather than offering a single solution to address your mentee’s concerns. Also, inform your mentee if you’re not sure about something.
  • Communicate effectively. Provide timely, honest, and thoughtful responses to your mentee whether it’s through email, phone, or in-person meetings. Give plenty of room for your mentee to speak or ask questions and foster a trusting environment.
  • Be Patient. Many students may not always respond as quickly or professionally as you are accustomed to. Be careful not to press for information the mentee doesn’t want to discuss.
  • Stay positive. Don’t be discouraged if your first or second mentee match doesn’t develop into a successful mentorship. There are many students waiting for your help! Also, if you believe you might not be the right fit for a mentee, please let them know so that they can find additional help.
  • You define your mentorship. If you are uncomfortable with anything being asked of you by a mentee you can decline the request and/or report the instance.
  • Participate in surveys. We are committed to continually improving the StudentMentor.org experience for you. Please help us by providing your candid feedback in our short surveys.

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