Frequently asked questions
What is a mentee?
A mentee is a proactive, committed and goal-oriented staff member that is willing to ask questions and allow their mentor to support them. The mentee must take responsibility for their own learning and development, define goals for their career and invest time and effort into realising these ambitions.
What are the benefits of being a mentee?
Mentors can help you navigate your career path by:
- providing exclusive insight into your chosen career path
- increasing awareness of organisational values, expectations and business areas
- identifying the skills and experience desired in specific roles
- increasing your professional network
- providing perspective on different areas of the university
- providing tips for making the transition to professional
- helping with strategies if you are feeling stuck
- connecting you with opportunities in your future area.
What is a mentor?
Mentors can be considered coaches, advisers or counsellors; they can share advice and career insights to help guide you on the path to success. If you are feeling stuck, or would like some clarity, your mentor can help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary to get you where you want to go. Mentors should not be thought of as job opportunities but rather a friendly supporter to help you with the suggestions and strategies to set goals.
What are the benefits of becoming a mentor?
Becoming a mentor can be a rewarding and mutually beneficial experience. The experience can leave you with personal satisfaction from contributing to the success of a fellow employee at the University by helping to personally shape their lives.
- Develop your leadership skills.
- Understand and appreciate cultural differences.
- Improve your communication skills.
- Advance your own career through leading and assisting others.
- Learn new perspectives.
- Gain personal satisfaction.
What makes a good mentor?
An effective mentor has the following characteristics:
- desire to share information, expertise and experience
- ability to recognise and encourage the mentee's potential
- willingness to invest time and effort in the mentoring relationship
- ability to give and receive constructive feedback
- commitment to assisting the mentee in their decision-making processes by listening, sharing and providing advice
- Helping guide the mentee with actionable strategies to set career goals.
How do I become involved in the mentoring program?
How does mentoring empower?
The power of the mentor believing in the mentee's ability and encouraging the mentee to do what they think they cannot do.
The power of the mentor listening to the mentee.
The power of receiving truth in the form of constructive feedback.
What are the expectations?
The mentee and mentor will be encouraged to meet regularly to discuss and review the mentees' identified projects or goals.
A minimum engagement requirement also exists for this program:
- attend an induction session
- prepare for and participate in at least four meetings with your mentor over the course of the program
- set goals for the program and negotiate activities to attain those goals
- clearly communicate your expectations and boundaries with your mentor
- keep a reflection journal after each meeting is recommended
- provide program feedback and evaluation.
What does the program cost?
The program is supported with funding provided by the University of Adelaide.
All sessions are free of charge and enable you to develop your skills and get more out of the mentoring program. Please ensure you gain the support of your line manager prior to apply for the program to ensure they support you for taking the time to meet with your mentor.
Is the mentoring program confidential?
Trust is critical for both mentor and mentee. Whatever information shared during your mentoring relationship is confidential on both sides.
Who drives the program?
This is a "mentee driven" program - it is the mentee's responsibility to make and maintain contact with their mentor.
Who will I be matched with?
If you have identified or found your own mentor, please provide details in our registration form.
If you wish to be matched with a mentor by the WPDN, this will be based on shared career or work experience and academic background. We require as much details as possible around your preferred career direction to ensure we can find you the best match possible.
Whilst every effort will be made to find a perfect match for you, please note if you are accepted into the 2021 program we are unable to guarantee you will be matched. This is a complex process and we are not always able to find an appropriate match for each mentee.
What happens at the end of the program?
Any relationship requires closure. At your final meeting, you should discuss how and in what capacity your relationship may continue – e.g. only in a mentoring capacity or as professional contacts.
Where do I go for help?