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Starting off on the Right Paw

How to Request Your Mentor

Unsure of what to say in your first message to a potential mentor? Use this template to construct your introductory message.

Ice Breaker Exercise

Feel free to use this resource to get to know one another and develop rapport with your mentoring connection.

Initial Conversation Guide

This document is meant to be an exercise to ensure that both the mentee and mentor have clearly defined expectations and goals.

UGA Mentor Program Timeline

We encourage you to consider using this timeline for the program to maximize your mentorship. Best wishes!

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For Mentees

Being a Successful Mentee

A comprehensive guide on being a successful mentee, which was compiled by the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Developing SMART Goals Worksheet

Articulating clear goals is critical to the success of a mentorship relationship. Use this resource to craft your SMART goals and to develop a goal-oriented mindset.

Knowing Your Skills Activity

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) developed a definition and identified competencies/career readiness skills associated with career readiness for the new college graduate. Discuss with your mentor how to enhance these competencies.

Undergraduate Student: Four-Year Career Development Plan

Have you designed a career development plan? We got you covered! Review this resource with your mentor.

Master's Student: Career Development Plan

Have you designed a career development plan? We got you covered! Review this resource with your mentor.

Doctoral Student: Career Development Plan

Have you designed a career development plan? We got you covered! Review this resource with your mentor.

Topics and Strategies for Aspiring Faculty Members

Discuss these topics and strategies with your mentor if you are interested in pursuing a career in academia.

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For Mentors

Mentoring Guide

This mentoring guide provides you with tools to transition from a good mentor to a great mentor.

GROW Worksheet

InsideOut coaching uses the "ask" approach to help remove barriers so that the individual can learn faster and act on existing knowledge. The GROW model is a great tool to use when your mentee is "stuck" or needs to make progress on a certain issue. Start with Goal and move clockwise to the Way Forward. Utilizing the InsideOut coaching method can lead to problem solving, motivation, decision making, and elicit ownership.

Responding to Student Needs

This is a user-friendly resource in case your mentee may be experiencing a general, academic, care, and/or crisis need. Note: If you are in contact with a student who appears to be an immediate threat to his or her own safety or that of others, please call 911.

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For Mentees and Mentors

Suggested Activities and Discussion Topics

Looking for activities or topics to discuss with your mentoring connection? This list of suggestions will equip you with numerous ideas!

Student Resources

Review this list of comprehensive resources with your mentee/mentor? Everything students need to become amazing is all here.

Career Planning Form

Have you thought about the legacy you want to leave? Reflect and discuss with your mentee/mentor about your legacy, short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals.

Closure Conversation Guide

Use this guide to facilitate a closure conversation and celebrate the end of your successful mentorship.

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Mentoring Articles

8 Tips for an Amazing Mentorship

Here are some pieces of advice on mentorship, with perspectives from successful tech professionals who have seen its benefits firsthand.

7 Reasons You Need a Mentor for Entrepreneurial Success

Seven reasons why having a mentor is essential for entrepreneurial success.

The Importance of Mentorships in Higher Education

Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher and Dr. Christopher B. Howard highlight the importance of mentorship in higher education.

Great Mentors Focus on the Whole Person

An Harvard Business Review article that provides analysis and advice on how to mentor the whole person, extending beyond career to include discussions about behavior, values, relationships, finances, etc. Mentoring the whole person takes more effort, more time, and more intentionality.