Argonne National Laboratory

Expectations of Mentors and Mentees

 

MENTOR EXPECTATIONS

MENTEE EXPECTATIONS

M

Monitors mentee's progress throughout the entire relationship

Makes it happen by
- developing a plan of action with mentor's advice
- accomplishing the plan

E

Encourages the mentee to engage in the research plan that has a clear set of expectations and high standards

Engages actively in the research plan with the support of the mentor

N

Nurtures relationship with mentee by providing guidance and direction

Nurtures relationship with mentor by accepting guidance objectively

T

Teaches:
- professionalism
- ethics
- problem solving.

- Trusts mentor's judgement
- Tolerates constructive criticism

O

Offers "Obi-wanisms"1, which include
- sage advice
- praise and positive reinforcement
- patience
- setting of high standards
- role model to emulate

1"Obi-wanism" is a slang term for a particularly wise saying. Defined at Merriam-Webster.com.

Open to receiving the advice, praise, standards, and examples offered by the mentor

R

Respects mentee's
- priorities (personal and professional)
- time
- wants/needs
- ideas

Respects mentor's
- advice
- constructive criticism
- time
- experience

S

Shares experiences by
- offering suggestions for success
- guiding mentees

Seeks advice by
- identifying challenges
- articulating needs

H

Honors the mentee by
- using time wisely
- creating lines of open communication

Honors mentor by
- using time wisely
- creating an open line of communication

I

Instills integrity in mentee

Instills integrity in himself/herself

P

Promotes professional development including
- career skills
- life skills

Progresses by
- practicing what he/she has learned
- providing feedback to mentor
- persevering in personal goals