A good mentor is

  • Available, accessible and consistent
  • Prompt and reliable
  • Caring and supportive
  • A good listener and confidant
  • An encourager, friend, guide and coach
  • A positive role-model

To have a successful mentoring experience, mentors should

  • Establish your mentee’s expectations and be willing to adapt to changes
  • Set one measurable goal with each mentee(s) and set your own SMART Goal
  • Revisit mentee goals and expectations monthly to ensure that they are on track
  • Communicate weekly with mentee(s) and meet according to the Mentor UPP schedule
  • Work at building a positive relationship
  • Encourage mentee(s) to explore options instead of telling them what to do
  • Provide information and resources to mentee(s)


  • Attend one of the Mentor Training sessions according to the Mentor UPP schedule
  • Mentor UPP Kickoff according to the Mentor UPP schedule
  • Meet with mentee(s) according to the Mentor UPP schedule
  • Attend called mandatory meetings
  • Make an appointment with Gayle Howell, your Career Consultant, in Career Services. Call (205) 348-4839 to set an appointment.

Goal Setting with Mentor Group:  (Set 1 SMART Goal)

  • SSpecific – Write a concise statement of the goal by stating what you wish to achieve, by what time frame, and the expected outcome.
  • MMeasurable – Determine how to measure the goal or outcome so you know when the goal has been accomplished. Goals can be quantitative and/or qualitative.
  • AAttainable – The goals must be within your skill set and knowledge level with appropriate resources available.
  • RRelevant – The goals should contribute to mentee’s and mentor’s personal growth.
  • TTime framed – Goals should have a deadline and not be open-ended. Goals can change so they can be modified with a new deadline if needed.