Who is a mentee?

A mentee is an individual who receives advice, assistance and feedback from a more experienced person over a set period of time, resulting in the enhancement of the mentee’s educational graduate studies. The mentee must have clear goals and be willing to accept guidance and advice in order for the relationship to be successful.  A mentee is open to constructive feedback and has a desire to learn and develop new skills to progress in their graduate education.

What Does a Mentee Do?

  • A mentee takes primary responsibility for coordinating the mentoring process based on one’s educational goals and aspirations.  The mentee will:
  • Initiate meetings and arrive for the first meeting with personal aims and goals clear for the academic year ahead
  • Develop a mentoring plan and goals
  • Negotiate the specifics of the mentoring plan with the mentor
  • Communicating one’s goals clearly
  • Actively seek advice from the mentor
  • Honestly disclose frustrations, concerns and successes
  • Honour one’s commitments to the mentoring program
  • Actively listen and learn
  • Be open to advice and suggestions

Benefits to Mentees

  • A mentor can provide you valuable insight into the world of nursing graduate education (i.e. How many hours should I devote to GRA/GTA? How do I choose an advisor and supervisor?)
  • A mentor can provide guidance during times of change and transition
  • Lasting relationships and professional networks
  • A mentorship relationship can help the mentee to clarify their academic, professional and personal goals
  • A mentor can be an impartial, independent voice; someone to bounce ideas off of 

Expectations of Mentees

  • A commitment to the importance of the mentoring relationship and a willingness to treat it as a priority
  • A minimum investment of 1 meeting per academic semester (Fall and Winter)
  • A commitment to regular communications and interactions, agreed upon in advance
  • Maintaining confidentiality and terms outlined in the mentorship agreement
  • Willingness to participate in any evaluations of the mentorship program
  • A commitment to positivity and encouragement throughout the mentorship process
  • An understanding that the mentorship relationship is not a tutoring service, however if the mentee needs support with practical work, the mentor can help the mentee find a tutor
  • Will contact the Mentor Us leadership team if the match is not appropriate or if the mentee is unable to reach the mentor


CREDIT: Adapted from ECO Canada Mentorship Package


Interested in being a Mentee for 2017-2018? Registration form coming soon!