Mentor Duties

Apply to be a mentor

Mentors are enthusiastic senior engineer/researcher willing to share their experience.

Mentors are not:

  • Psychological/spiritual guides. Mentors are there to support the mentees but they do not have the essential qualities and expertise to act as a psychologist.

  • A collaborator or supervisor. The programme is intended to facilitate the transfer of some of the knowledge and experience from the senior professionals to the early-career professionals. It can be a bridge to further technical collaborations, but it is not the main goal.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Support the mentee’s development of professional competencies through strategic questioning, goal setting, and planning. 

  • Create a supportive and trusting environment.

  • Agree to, and schedule, uninterrupted time with your mentee.

  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the program.

  • Actively listen and question.

  • Give feedback to the mentee on his/her goals, situations, plans, and ideas.

  • Encourage your mentee by giving him or her genuine and positive reinforcement.

  • Serve as a positive role model.

  • Provide frank (and kind) corrective feedback if necessary.

  • Openly and honestly share “lessons learned” from your own experience.

  • Keep discussions on track.

  • Respect your mentee’s time and resources.

  • Participate in the scheduled events for the program.

  • Seek assistance if questions arise that you cannot answer.

Benefits from this experience as a mentor:

  • Personal satisfaction in helping someone grow professionally 

  • Learning from the mentee 

  • Building new relationships 

  • Developing your skill as a “teacher” — helping someone clarify his or her career goals 

  • Developing your skill as a “guide” — helping someone navigate the waters of the organisation 

  • Developing your skill as an “advisor” — helping someone find his or her strengths and weaknesses