Mentoring Circles Program – Guidelines for Mentees
For the mentoring program to succeed, both mentors and mentees must commit to establishing a partnership based on open communications and productive and proactive interactions. Listed below are the roles and responsibility of each mentee of the mentoring circle.
Roles and Responsibilities
Identify your role as a mentee
- Have a clear understanding of why you want to be mentored and what you want to gain from the program
Communicate your expectations
- Have a clear understanding of your expectations for your mentor
- Clearly communicate those expectations
- Stay flexible in changing expectations or plans
- Create goals with milestones and deliverables
- Inform your mentor about your preferred learning style
- Be realistic about setting timelines
- Be proactive, willing and responsive
- Be respectful of other people’s time
- Listen and contribute to the conversation
- Always be engaging and participative during the program
- Understand that your mentor will not have all the answers
- Accept and provide constructive feedback
- Set time aside for self-reflection
- Evaluate progress
- Be consistent and reliable
- Provide the program coordinator with updates as requested during the course of the program
- Provide evaluations of the experience
- Allow 2-3 hours of face-to-face meetings with your group once every 2 months. During the months that the group doesn’t meet we encourage communication via email or phone as decided by the need and availability of circle members
- Be an active listener and engage the group in meaningful conversations about professional and personal development in line with the objectives and goals set during the orientation.
- Provide feedback using the evaluation surveys (when provided) to help assess and improve the mentoring program.
- Make efforts to attend the kick-off orientation session and closing events.
- All mentees must be an AWIS National member with affiliation to the Chicago-Chapter.
- All mentees must pay the program fee of $20.
- All topics, items, or issues discussed must stay confidential within the circle.