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  • Starting off on the Right Paw

    How to Request A Mentor

    Unsure of how to request a UGA alumni mentor? No need to sweat. Use this resource as a framework to construct your mentor request.

    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.

  • For Mentees

    Mentoring Conversation Guide

    Use this guide to strategically prepare and plan your discussions with your UGA Mentor.

    Questions to Ask Your Mentor

    Are you not quite sure of potential questions you can ask your UGA mentor? Don't worry; we got you covered. Use this resource as a guide to strategically plan for your mentoring interactions.

    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: 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.

  • For Mentors

    GROW Model of Coaching and Mentoring

    The GROW Model is a simple yet powerful framework for structuring your coaching or mentoring sessions.

    Mock Interview Instrument

    We strongly encourage you to conduct a mock interview with your mentee if appropriate. Please check out this mock interview instrument!

    Mentoring Guide

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

    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.

  • 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 to learn about all of your resources at UGA.

    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.

  • Mentoring Articles

    The Importance of Mentorships in Higher Education

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

    Demystifying Mentoring

    This Harvard Business Review article demystifies the concept of mentoring and provides three case studies.

    Mentoring: Learned, Not Taught

    Becoming a good mentor takes practice and reflection. Reflecting on the following areas as your mentoring relationships evolve may help you avoid some common mistakes and hasten your arrival at a mentoring style and philosophy that is your own.

    Mentoring Research Writers

    As a mentor you have a great opportunity to encourage your trainees to set high goals for their research writing and to help them achieve those goals. You should recognize, in fact, that you have a serious responsibility to motivate and to help researchers-in-training become excellent writers.

    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.