Roles of the mentor/mentee

For successful mentoring, both parties must understand their roles.

Mentee roles

  • Take charge of their own development
  • Set their own agenda for meetings
  • Interest in learning new things
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team player
  • Carry out tasks by agreed times
  • Creativity in work
  • Seek guidance and advice for professional development
  • Try to imbibe new skills and knowledge and apply these in a professional context
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Reflect, reflect, reflect
  • Listen


Mentees can also adopt different roles to maximise their learning and to make the most of the support offered by their mentor. A mentee will get to know their mentor well, and through the course of several discussions, should be able to identify the mentor's. strengths, expert knowledge and high level skills.

Mentor Roles

  • Facilitate the mentee’s professional growth
  • Create a positive counseling relationship and climate for open communication
  • Help your mentee identify problems and guide them towards  solutions
  • Share own thought process with the mentee
  • Refer mentee to others when you don't have the answers 
  • Provide information, guidance and constructive comments
  • Evaluate the mentee’s plans and decisions
  • Support, encourage and critically assess performance
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Listen

Mentor & Mentee together will make:

  • Work plan for internship - Milestones and timelines
  • Decide on frequency of interaction
  • Logbook of activities, interaction and assessment/evaluation