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Mentor FAQs

What if my mentee doesn’t know what to ask?

Mentees, particularly university students, may not know how to initiate a mentoring relationship. Use these suggestions to help open dialogue:

  • Share your professional experiences, including successes and challenges
  • Listen to the mentee’s challenges and offer solutions, guidance and tips
  • Encourage participation in SPE activities and events
  • Provide professional development guidance including feedback and career goal setting

Questions to ask to initiate thoughtful conversation might include:

  • Which career path interests you and why?
  • Have you set any short-term or long-term goals?
  • Tell me about some of your successes. What made you successful?
  • What are some of your challenges? Can you think of a common theme in all of these challenges?
  • What can you do differently to meet those challenges?
  • How can I help you?

What if I cannot answer my mentee’s questions?

If a question is out of your professional expertise, refer to resources below to develop a knowledgeable answer. Contact ementor@spe.org if the mentee has unrealistic expectations about technical consultation or school assistance. The program administrator will explain the purpose of the eMentoring Program to the mentee.

What if my mentee doesn’t respond to my emails or communications?

Emails can often be caught in spam filters. To make sure you are receiving all communication regarding the program, add ementor@spe.org as well as your mentee’s email address to your contact book. If the problem continues, contact ementor@spe.org.

What if we are not a compatible match?

Contact ementor@spe.org, and all efforts will be made to match you with a more compatible mentee.

What if my mentee has unrealistic expectations?

Ask your mentee to articulate his or her expectations, repeat their expectation to make sure you
understand and then work together to come to an agreement.

If your mentee has unrealistic expectations about your availability, arrange for a communication plan
that makes sense for both of you. Contact ementor@spe.org if the mentee has unrealistic
expectations about technical consultation, school assistance, financial support or job placement. The
program administrator will explain the purpose of the eMentoring program to the mentee.

What do I do when my 1-year term is over?

This program is designed to match you with a mentee for a 1-year period. After the relationship has ended, the mentee may select another mentor. If you and the mentee agree to continue the relationship, contact the administrator at ementor@spe.org to request a 1-year extension of the relationship.

Mentee FAQs

What types of things should I be asking my mentor?

  • Examples from their professional experience
  • Information regarding trends within the industry
  • Assistance with developing career goals
  • Details about their career path
  • Explanation of a typical work week or day
  • Job interview tips and/or developing/reviewing your resume
  • Additional job training they pursued

What if my mentor doesn’t respond to my emails or communications?

Emails can often be caught in spam filters. To make sure you are receiving all communication regarding the program, add ementor@spe.org as well as your mentor’s email address to your contact book. If the problem continues, contact ementor@spe.org.

What if we are not a compatible match?

Contact ementor@spe.org, and all efforts will be made to match you with a more compatible mentor.

What do I do when my 1-year term is over?

This program is designed to match you with a mentor for a 1-year period. After the relationship has ended, you may select another mentor. If you and and the mentor agree to continue the relationship, contact the administrator at ementor@spe.org to request a 1-year extension of the relationship.

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