Mentoring Guidelines 

Ten suggestions for cultivating an effective mentor-mentee relationship: 

  1. Be compassionate, inquisitive, and supportive of each other.  
  1. Listen attentively to each other and set clear boundaries so the mentoring experience is not a type of tutoring or training but instead a productive and respectful friendship. 
  1. Have clear goals to accomplish through being involved in the peer mentoring program.  
  1. Be proactive in contacting each other and arrange a time for meetups based on mentor/ mentee needs basis and in a way that works for both sides.  
  1. Attend the academic and social events organized by ETAP DocS and look for ways to collaborate and support each other.  
  1. Both mentors and mentees enter the program open to learning new things.  
  1. Avoid assumptions about cultures, politics, identities, or affiliations.  
  1. Maintain confidentiality in what is discussed between mentors and mentees.  
  1. Focus on the mentee’s agenda and their values (Advice-giving is permissible but not as a first resort, instead ask questions about personal goals, interests, and values). 
  1. While the topics of conversations during the mentor-mentee meetings are up to you and your preferences, the following topics/aspects can be conversation starters: (1) increase or improve communication with an adviser; (2) share renowned conferences and calls for papers (if mentors and mentees are in the same field); (3) tips on networking with faculty members in and outside the department; (4) mental health care/Ph.D. work-life balance; (5) time management advice; (6) academic/industrial job search; (7) publication mentorship (proofreading & critique); (8) tips on the grant application and writing.