The Role of the Mentees

The mentee needs to absorb the mentor’s knowledge and have the ambition and desire to know what to do with this knowledge. As a student, the mentee needs to practice and demonstrate what has been learned.

A mentee is the "gauge" to measure how interactive the connection between the mentor and mentee will be. This means that the mentee determines the capacity of the mentoring connection. The mentee decides upon the amount of help and guidance he/she needs. As well, the mentee should take the initiative to ask for help or advice and to tackle more challenging assignments.

Ideally, a mentee should be able to:

  • Seek advise, opinion, feedback, and direction from their mentor
  • Respect their mentor’s time and resources
  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the mentorship
  • Commit to self development
  • Assume responsibility for acquiring or improving skills and knowledge
  • Discuss individual development planning with their mentor
  • Actively listen and ask questions
  • Be open to constructive criticism/feedback and ask for it
  • Comfortably give feedback to their mentor on what is working or not working in the mentoring relationship
  • Be open and honest on their goals, expectations, challenges, and concerns

Establishing a strong, positive relationship between mentee and mentor is essential to the success of a mentorship program.

You may wish to utilize any of the following forms throughout your mentorship:

Download Tips for the Mentee (PDF)

Download Mentee Action Plan (PDF)

Download Mentoring Log (PDF)

Download Mentee Final Evaluation Form (PDF)