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What are the responsibilities involved with being a mentor or a mentee?

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Effective relationships in mentoring are essential to ensuring a successful experience and outcome.  The principle of creating a mentoring relationship may seem obvious. However, to ensure that both parties have a valuable and enjoyable experience, both mentor and mentee should be aware of their responsibilities within the relationship.

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Joint Roles and Responsibilities

Both mentor and mentee should ensure that they:


 What is the role of the mentor?

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”

Steven Spielberg


A mentor is someone who has a genuine interest in overseeing and supporting the career and/or development of another person outside the normal supervision process.  Mentors may help their mentees by:

Mentors may enter a long term mentoring relationship or may be called upon to act as a one-stop mentoring advice point for a specific topic.

Other roles and responsibilities include:



What is the role of the mentee?

 “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.”

John C Crosby


The mentee is responsible for being proactive and is expected to drive the mentoring relationship forward. This means selecting a mentor, establishing and maintaining contact with them, and setting up meetings. The mentee is expected to set the agenda and develop objectives for the programme.

Other roles and responsibilities include:

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