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)
- S – Specific – Write a concise statement of the goal by stating what you wish to achieve, by what time frame, and the expected outcome.
- M – Measurable – Determine how to measure the goal or outcome so you know when the goal has been accomplished. Goals can be quantitative and/or qualitative.
- A – Attainable – The goals must be within your skill set and knowledge level with appropriate resources available.
- R – Relevant – The goals should contribute to mentee’s and mentor’s personal growth.
- T – Time 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.