The goal of mentoring is professional and personal development. A mentoring relationship is a partnership where faculty and students work together toward this goal. Mentoring relationships provide an opportunity for mentees to ask questions, concerns, or problems to someone who listens, supports, and informs.
The expectations of mentors and mentees from the mentoring relationship may differ. To avoid frustration in the mentoring relationship, establishing shared, realistic expectations at the beginning of the relationship is a good idea. To get you started, below are some common, reasonable expectations for a mentoring relationship. Discuss these expectations early in your mentoring partnership. You may want to add other expectations the two of you identify.
Common expectations for mentors and mentees:
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Should you get the opportunity to work with a mentor, make sure you follow up with questions or concerns and fulfill your duties with assignments.