Dealing With Possible Mentoring Problems
In some mentoring relationships, things do not go exactly as
planned or expected. Try to remedy problems as soon as
It is not realistic to expect every mentor and mentee to
instantaneously bond and become very close. If you do not feel
comfortable discussing some issues with your mentor, try to focus
on what you can learn from that person and look for other
informal mentors for other needs.
If you try and still feel you are getting nothing from the
relationship, contact the mentoring coaches at [email protected].
Unrealistic Expectations for Mentors or Mentees
Occasionally, mentors and mentees expect too much from one another. Realize that the other person is busy or life may have gotten in the way. Try to be understanding and appreciative of what you get from the relationship. Mentees, you
should not expect your mentor to "make your career" or give you
all the answers. Mentors are one source of advice and
encouragement; no one should rely on one person for
Lack of Commitment
If your mentor or mentee seems unresponsive for a long period of time,
send another e-mail assuming he/she is just busy. If you still
don't get a response, then write or call again, asking if
something is wrong.
Contact the mentoring coaches at [email protected] if you are unable to get any
response. Although everyone is committed at the start of the
program, unexpected events can occur that causes someone to
withdraw from the program.