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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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.