What is a mentee?
A mentee is someone (staff or faculty) at DU who wants to develop his/her knowledge, skills, and/or awareness in a particular area. The mentee is the "driver" of the mentoring relationship.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is someone (staff or faculty) at DU who has a special interest in helping another person develop his/her knowledge, skills, and/or awareness in a particular area and who has a wealth of experience or insight to offer.
How do you become a mentor?
We'd suggest you first read through all the information available here on the website and watch the video below explaining the program. This should give you a pretty good sense of the program. Then simply complete the online mentor application (https://udenver.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0kQYPnAGSNfl0b3) and submit a jpg photo of yourself to Greg Giesen, manager of employee development, at email@example.com. Once your application and photo are received, a member of the People Development team will contact you to answer any questions and go over expectations.
Check out the class Mentoring Others on Lynda.com. It gives great advice on how to mentor.
What if I'm not sure I need a mentor?
We'd suggest you request a coaching session (contact Greg Giesen at firstname.lastname@example.org) first for some help in sorting that out. You don't want to sign up for a mentor unless you are clear on what you are looking for and believe the mentor you selected can help. A mentor's job isn't to brainstorm with you. His/her job is to answer questions and provide guidance.
What if there isn't a mentor on the list that has what you are looking for?
Again, request a coaching session from us and we'll help you come up with some other options. Because this program is fluid (meaning that new mentors will be added while other mentors will be taken and unavailable while they are mentoring), new and available mentors will be popping up continuously. Keep checking the mentor list and trust that your mentor will show up eventually.
How is "coaching" different from "mentoring"?
With coaching, the focus is on the coachee and helping him/her find the answer. Rarely will a coach tell you what to do or provide advice. It's important for the coachee to own the process.With mentoring, the focus is on the mentor's experience and insight. You seek out a mentor because you want their opinion. Thus, the focus is primarily on the mentor. That's why it's so important to know what you want before seeking out a mentor.