Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I choose a mentor? First, complete your profile to inform others in the program about what you're looking for from MentorSHPE. Then browse through the list of mentors and send a mentoring request to someone with whom you would like to connect.
  • How long will the mentors be available? We ask our mentors to make commitments of at least three months in order to ensure that the mentee is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request as much notice as possible in order to locate a replacement mentor for you.
  • What should I do if my mentoring relationship isn't going well?​ We encourage letting the mentor know about the situation and contacting a program administrator as soon as possible. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.

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Mentee DO's

  1. Take a proactive role in shaping the relationship.
  2. Understand what you want from the MentorSHPE relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor. Balance a personal and professional relationship with your mentor.
  3. Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor.
  4. Put the time with your mentor to its best use. Come to your meetings with planned topics for discussion.
  5. Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor within two days of receipt.
  6. Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses.
  7. If something concerning the mentor needs to be discussed with others, you should first ask your mentor's permission to share this information.  

Mentee DON'Ts

  1. Ask for advice on everything. 
  2. Blame the mentor if his or her advice doesn't work out.
  3. Expect the mentor to know all the answers.
  4. Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep.
  5. Cancel meetings/visits with your mentor at the last minute.