Tips for Mentees

Think About What you Want.

Think carefully about what you want out of the mentoring relationship, what kind of mentor you’d like and the questions you’d like answered. The more you know about your own goals, the more accurately you'll select a mentor to work with from our database, and the more your mentor will be able to help you.

Don’t Get Discouraged!

Sometimes it may take several requests before you get a mentor match. If a mentor does not accept your request it is most often because the mentor realizes that he/she is too busy or he/she feels it wouldn’t be a good match. Remember, there are many mentors in our database.

Don’t Delay.

Once you get a mentor match, try to contact your mentor within two days of getting matched. Keep on top of things.

Establish Expectations and Goals.

At the beginning, take some time to establish expectations. Do you want career or personal advice? How often, and when, do you want to meet? Set the expectations and stick to them. Tell the mentor what you would like to get out of the relationship. Our Goal Tracker (in your relationship dashboard) and Mentoring Agreement (in your To-Do List) can be very helpful in this process.

Be Proactive!

If your mentor hasn’t responded to you in awhile, don’t be shy about emailing or calling again. Remember, your mentor signed up for the program because of his/her interest in mentoring. If you don’t hear after several attempts, contact the Industry Mentoring Program staff.

Getting Feedback?

Mentors are experienced and have much to teach you about being a professional and living in the world beyond Griffith. If your mentor has feedback for you, be receptive to it – better now than from your future manager!

Make It Personal.

Be sure to get to know your mentor on a personal level. While mentors are excellent career resources, you can learn a lot from their personal stories as well.

Keep It Consistent.

Even if you can’t make contact with your mentor very often, try to keep it consistent (i.e. email him/her every couple of weeks).

Let us Help!

If you ever get stuck trying to find a mentor or need help with the mentoring relationship, contact the Industry Mentoring Program staff.