Responsibilities in Mentoring

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Mentors’ and mentees’ awareness of their own responsibilities can change throughout the course of a mentorship. This can lead to lack of clarity or, at times, disappointments. Therefore, we advise that responsibilities be addressed in every phase of a mentorship, not just the first part.

[edit] Clarification in the first meeting

Those general responsibilities should be clarified at the program’s outset.

  • Who invites to meetings?
  • How often will we be in touch? Who makes what step, when it is time then to meet?

However, a more practical and specific discussion about them happens over time. Our experience has been that particular awareness should be given to this topic during the Phases of Mentoring.

[edit] Mentor

The mentor’s main responsibility is to establish the first steps in a mentorship and then to maintain it throughout. On a related note, mentors should also give their meetings with mentees clear formal and methodological structures.

[edit] Mentee

The mentee is responsible for communicating with his or her mentor actively and regularly, developing his or her activities independently, and implementing the ideas that came about through meetings.

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