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Mentor & Mentee Roles and Responsibilities

Understanding your role and responsibilities within the mentor/mentee relationship will better enable you to reach all of your desired goals.

Mentor Roles & Responsibilities

Phase 1: Identifying Roles

  • Have a clear understanding of why you want to be a mentor
  • Mentor with a realistic assessment of your skills and experience

Phase 2: Communicating Expectations

  • Have a clear understanding of your expectations for your mentee
  • Clearly communicate those expectations
  • Stay flexible in changing expectations or plans
  • Create goals with milestones and deliverables
  • Adapt your feedback to your mentee’s learning style
  • Be realistic about setting timelines

Phase 3: Working Together

  • Advise, don’t dictate
  • Advise on what you know and admit the things you don’t know
  • Give good examples
  • Recognize your mentee’s weaknesses and build on his/her strengths
  • Offer constructive feedback
  • Evaluate progress
  • Be your mentee’s supporter when he/she reaches his/her goals
  • Be consistent and reliable

Phase 4: Meeting All the Goals

  • After mentoring is completed, follow up on successes
  • Provide an evaluation of the experience
  • Repeat the mentoring process with others

Mentee Roles & Responsibilities

Phase 1: Identifying Roles

  • Have a clear understanding of why you want to be mentored
  • Select a Mentor based on criteria relevant to your goals

Phase 2: Communicating Expectations

  • Have a clear understanding of your expectations for your mentor
  • Clearly communicate those expectations
  • Stay flexible in changing expectations or plans
  • Create goals with milestones and deliverables
  • Inform your mentor about your preferred learning style
  • Be realistic about setting timelines

Phase 3: Working Together

  • Listen and contribute to the conversation
  • Understand that your mentor will not have all the answers
  •  Accept constructive feedback
  • Set time aside for self-reflection
  • Evaluate progress
  • Celebrate success
  • Be consistent and reliable

Phase 4: Meeting All of the Goals

  • Provide your mentor with updates after the mentoring is completed
  • Provide an evaluation of the experience
  • Say thank you
  • Give back to the profession and volunteer to become an AMTA mentor
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