What is Mentoring?

A developmental partnership through which an individual (mentor) shares knowledge, skills, information, and perspectives to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else (mentee).

Congratulations on your interest in serving as a mentor! Mentoring can be a richly rewarding experience for you, as well as the person you are mentoring. As a mentor, you have the ability to create positive change in a colleague by sharing your wisdom, expertise, institutional knowledge and political savvy. You will gain new perspectives, enhance your communication and leadership abilities and achieve a sense of fulfillment by assisting another person fulfill their goals.

At a Glance: Mentoring Duties

Now that you have a sense of what a mentor does, learn more by clicking an area in the circle below for information on the mentoring phases.

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