Overview

A mentor is a guide. A resource who paves the way to success, and who derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your protégé, and to contribute to their professional and personal development.


Frequently Asked Questions

What am I expected to do?

Mentors are expected to provide their protégé with about one hour of support and interaction per week for a four-month mentoring period. Most of this interaction will take place via e-mail and other web-related tools (for example, instant messaging), as appropriate. Mentors should work with their protégé to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to finding jobs, general career advice, information on higher studies, technical information, personal encouragement, and so on.

 

How long will the commitment be?

We ask our mentors to make commitments of four months to ensure that the protégé is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background.

 

Are there any potential risks to me or my company?

No. It is not appropriate for mentors to engage in any business transactions with their protégés; instead, the relationship should only involve the flow of general information and advice. Protégés are discouraged from asking for a job from the mentor, and such requests should always be politely declined.

 

What do I do if the mentoring relationship is not going well, or if I am concerned about program membership?

We encourage you to inform the protégé about the situation, and to contact the GameMentorOnline admin immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
 

Mentor DOs

DO COMMIT

  • Commit to at least one interaction every two weeks, or about one hour per week on average.
  • Take responsibility to initiate the relationship.
  • Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
  • Invite the protégé to meetings or activities as appropriate. Schedule meetings with planned topics using the guidelines set out by the program.
  • Respond to e-mails from your protégé within two days of receipt.
  • Be flexible on meeting times and methods of communication. For example, use an instant messaging client to chat, if appropriate. Opening up the conversation beyond email can make learning more fun (and relevant).

DO BE A RESPECTFUL AND WISE TEACHER

  • Keep information that your protégé has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the protégé needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
  • Establish open and honest communication; make each session a forum for idea exchange.
  • Foster creativity and independence. Help build your protégé's self-confidence by offering encouragement, not criticism.
  • Provide honest and timely feedback to your protégé.

Mentor DON'Ts

  • DO NOT try to give advice on everything. INSTEAD, spend time listening and put yourself in their shoes. What information do you wish you had when you were starting out in your career?
  • DO NOT encourage mentee to be totally dependent upon you. INSTEAD, teach them how to find information on their own. Serve as a guide, not a manager.
  • DO NOT frame your advice in the context of personal prejudices, grudges held or failures experienced.  INSTEAD, explain what you learned in a positive way and give the protégé tools to learn on their own.
  • DO NOT be too busy when the protégé needs your support. INSTEAD, if you do not have time to work together, inform the protégé so that they know when you will be available.
  • DO NOT criticize! INSTEAD, guide. Everyone can learn from failure if shown how to analyze mistakes and use that knowledge to do better next time.