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Mentoring Resources for Mentee

A mentee is motivated and takes responsibility for his/her own professional development and growth. Mentees respect and value their relationships with mentors.


  • Be receptive to feedback and mentoring
  • Be willing to assess educational and individual needs
  • Be proactive in career development
  • Be willing to commit time and energy to the relationship
  • Observe the rules of confidentiality

Mentee Dos

  1. Take a proactive role in shaping up the relationship
  2. Understand what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor.
  3. Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor.
  4. Put the time with mentor to the best use.
  5. Respond in a timely manner to your mentor’s feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor at most two days after receipt.
  6. Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses.
  7. If something concerning the mentor needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed with the mentoring relationship.
  8. Be considerate of your mentor’s time.
  9. Show appreciation for every form of assistance your mentor gives you.

Mentee DON’Ts

  1. Ask for advice on everything. Have a purpose in each request.
  2. Blame the mentor if his/her advice doesn’t work out.
  3. Expect the mentor to know all the answers.
  4. Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep.
  5. Cancel meetings with your mentor at the last time.
  6. Talk negatively about your mentor behind his/her back.



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