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Information for Mentoree

  • Benefits Gained for the Mentoree
    • Increased self-confidence and valuing their personal skill set/strength
    • Increased knowledge of the university system and how it work
    • Increased network across the whole university/ increased support network/ new contacts and friendship
    • Increased visibility through networking
    • Improved communication and interpersonal skills
    • Increased clarity of personal and professional goals.
  • What Enables Personal and Professional Growth to Occur?
    • The power of the mentor BELIEVING in the mentoree's ability and encouraging the mentoree to do what they think they cannot do
    • The power of the mentor LISTENING to the mentoree
    • The power of receiving TRUTH in the form of constructive feedback.
  • Benefits of Mentoring for the Organisation
    • Staff retention (research indicates that employees who receive effective coaching and mentoring plan to stay with the company for at least the next 5 years)
    • More effective staff
    • Demonstrates a commitment to training and development
    • Tangible and measurable gains if work tasks or projects are used as developmental tools
    • Improved communication across the organisation Increased motivation
  • Expectations

    Use this list as thought starters, it is far from exhaustive.

    The important thing is to own your expectations for this mentoring relationship and communicate them clearly to your partner. If it helps print this list and select or modify the expectations that are important for you, including these in your Mentoring Contract.

  • The Role of Your Manager/Supervisor

    It is important to consider the role of your Managers/Supervisors in Mentoring Programs.Sometimes they may feel that a certain measure of control has been taken from them in regard to overseeing your performance. It is vitally important that they understand that they still have your day to day operational performance management. It is the future career of the Mentoree, with all of its questions and development activities, that becomes part of the brief of your Mentor.

    What you need to do for your supervisor

    • Keep your Supervisor/ Manager informed of your progress (if applicable)
    • Let their Line Manager know in plenty of time of any commitments made to Mentors
    • Be aware of their duties to their current role
  • The Role of a Mentoree

    The role of the Mentoree requires you to:

    • Accept direction
    • Challenge preconceived ideas and positions
    • Be open to new challenges and ideas
    • Accept change
    • Set an objective career plan
    • Receive open and honest feedback
    • Establish effective networks
    • Undertake challenging developmental activities
    • Have a commitment to continual self-learning
    • Take responsibility for their own feelings and outcomes
    • Stretch their thinking
    • Develop a self-management mindset
    • Actively develop trusting and open relationships
    • Actively seek to increase their organisational awareness

    Overall, Mentorees must accept that it is their role to manage their own career

  • Characteristics of Effective Mentorees

    Mentorees need to exhibit the following characteristics.Consider those characteristics in which you feel you could use some development.

    • A desire to learn
    • Goal oriented
    • Conceptual ability
    • Determination to achieve
    • Self-confidence
    • Initiative
    • Assertiveness
    • People oriented
  • About Your Mentor

    A mentor will usually be in a more senior position in the University than you and will have experience, knowledge and skills in certain areas that match with your goals and aims. They will provide support or advice in areas identified by their mentoree, on decisions concerning work, life or career, developing options and strategies and for coping with particular situations or problems. They may assist in skills development, networking and confidence-building. Above all, a mentor is someone who listens, is accessible and approachable and acts as a guide, facilitator or role model for the mentoree.

  • How Will You Be Matched?

    Selected participants will be matched as closely as possible to each mentoree’s identified needs and the available mentors. Your response to the Expression of Interest Questionnaire will be used in the selection process. Please note that your responses may be provided to your mentor.

  • How Do You Apply?

    When applications are open there will be an online form to complete.

    Places are limited and BEFORE applying, we advise you

    • Discuss your participation in the program with your supervisor (if applicable)
    • Be able to commit to dates of the initial session and evaluation meetings.
    • Read more about the program, the more you know, the more you will get out of the program.
    • Be prepared; to listen and be open to talking.
    • Be willing to accept and give criticism with compassion and empathy.
    • The mentoring program is designed to assist the mentorees with goals and the mentors with mentoring and coaching skills.


Women's Professional Development Network (WPDN)

The University of Adelaide


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