Advice for Mentors

People who decide to mentor want to do a good job.  It is important that you first understand what the protégé’s goal(s) are for the relationship.  You must then decide if you can help meet those goals.  The second tip is to be responsive.  If you do not respond in a reasonable time, then the protégé is left to believe you do not care.  The following good practices come from mentoring research.

Good mentors:

  • WANT to mentor
  • Share willingly their experiences
  • Build trust with the protégé
  • Make the protégé feel accepted
  • Take the protégé seriously
  • Maintain confidence
  • Encourage the protégé to take next step in their career

–      Gibson, S.K. (2004).  Being Mentored:  The Experience of Women Faculty.  Journal of Career Development, 30, 3, 173-188. 

  • Work with the protégé to establish goals for the relationship
  • Define expectations on how you can help the protégé reach their goal
  • Listen, listen, and listen some more
  • Give concrete examples from your experiences to help the protégé make decisions
  • Encourage the protégé to seek out other mentors
  • Advocate for the protégé

–      NWCIT Mentoring in a Box:  Women Faculty in Computing