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Mentoring Resources for Mentor

Mentors will advise and coach a mentee on KD experience, networking, careers, and industries. Mentors respect and value their relationship with mentees.


  • The ability to commit to your role as a professional mentor and share your personal/professional experiences and insights with him/her
  • Be willing to commit time and energy to the relationship
  • Observe the rules of confidentiality

Mentor Dos

  1. Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
  2. Be flexible on meeting times and places.
  3. Respond to emails from your mentee in a timely manner.
  4. 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.
  5. Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
  6. Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.
  7. Be clear about your needs and time limits.
  8. Respect your mentee’s time as much as your own.
  9. Always ask if you can make a suggestion or offer criticism.
  10. Listen.

Mentor DON’Ts

  1. Try to give advice on everything.
  2. Criticize.
  3. Talk negatively about your mentee to anyone.
  4. 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 or cannot reach you.
  5. Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc unless they are constructive contributions.
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