The mentoring relationship is one in which an experienced professional (mentor) guides, coaches, and teaches a less experienced student or young professional (protégé).
Mentoring must benefit all involved: the mentor, the protégé, the organization(s), as well as the culture supporting the relationship.
Responsibilities of Mentor
- First Meeting, held in conjunction with the Advisory Council meetings on campus.
- Agree on short and long term goals for the protégé.
- Communicate frequently (3-5 contacts/semester, either by phone or in person)
- Be available to your protégé as needed.
- Provide sound advice, coaching, teaching and inspiration to your protégé.
- Track protégé progress toward his/her academic and professional goals.
- Complete assessment process at the end of each semester.
Responsibilities of Protégé
- Meet with your mentor during on campus Advisory Council meetings (usually in April and September).
- Contact your mentor monthly.
- Research your mentor’s company, bio, outside interests, etc.
- Engage in proactive dialogue and ask informed questions.
- Complete an assessment process at the end of each semester.
- Complete online survey.
- Conduct the end-semester interview with the Department of Communication Event Coordinator or Executive in Residence.
- Discuss between mentor and protégé what works, what doesn’t, and how to improve the mentorship, especially at the mid-term and end-semester points.