What Makes a Great Mentor?

October 18, 2012

A great mentor (from a 5th year graduate student):

  • Listens to me
  • Provides me with clear expectations
  • Lets me know constructively if I’m not meeting expectations
  • Provides me positive feedback when I am doing a good job
  • Respects my working style
  • Has an open door policy
  • Has a good work/life balance and respects my work/life balance
  • Respects my time
  • Respects my personal situations
  • Offers advice based on their experience with
    • Their field
    • Working with colleagues across institutions and countries
    • The University
    • Our Department
    • Collaborations