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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:47

Since 2002/ 2003, Shaw College has started its mentorship programme which has been attracting increasing number of mentors and mentees.


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Aims and Objectives
Mentors' Roles and Responsibilities
Mentees' Roles and Responsibilities
Source of Mentors and Mentees
Proposed Mentor-Mentee Interaction Activities
For Mentors - Do's and Don'ts
For Mentees - Do's and Don'ts



Mentoring is an interaction process that provides opportunities for the mentors and mentees to experience, share and learn from each other's gifts and talents. It is believed that students have much to learn and gain insight from association with mature, prudent and prominent people in the community. The mentor-mentee relationships will have a profound influence on the students' personal growth, career development and even life values. Through mentor-mentee connections, mentor shares professional practice and information, offers advice, and teaches the mentee, and on the other hand, mentee brings in new questions, ideas and enthusiasm to the mentor. Consequently, the mentor-mentee becomes a beneficial process both for the mentor and mentee.

Aims and Objectives

1. To promote mentoring relationships between alumni/friends of Shaw College and its undergraduates, and to encourage active participation by both parties

2. To expose students to role models so as to learn through the success of mentors

3. To enhance students' educational, social and personal growth through learning from the experience of mentors

4. To maintain a close link between the college and its alumni / friends

5. To enable mentors to keep in touch with student life and college development through interaction with mentees

Mentors' Roles and Responsibilities

1. Mentors may perform a variety of roles, such as model, advisor, friend, teacher and resource person. These roles serve many functions in the mentor-mentee relationships. They can bring profound changes to the mentees' social, professional and academic perspectives.

2. Mentors may act as a coach by giving advice, suggestions and guidance to the mentees about their career planning and advancement in future.

3. Mentors may help mentees understand some real life experience in the workplace and integrate their theoretical learning with practical examples in the field.

4. Mentors may help mentees enhance their self-esteem, confidence, professional commitment and human relationship skills.

5. Mentors can maintain better connection with Shaw College and make valuable contributions to the development of young people.

6. Mentors will be invited to give feedback about the programme to the College.

Mentees' Roles and Responsibilities

1. Mentees may perform different roles such as student, apprentice, friend, explorer, and supervisee. In carrying out these roles, mentees can learn from their role models who serve as experienced and friendly advisers.

2. Mentees can share with the mentors their talents, achievements, interests and issues in relation to professional development.

3. Mentees can seek advice from mentors about career choice and the necessary preparation for success.

4. Mentees need to respect the mentors and demonstrate the passion and willingness to invest time and effort to nurture the mentor-mentee connections, aiming to achieve wider exposure, supportive exchange, problem-solving and richer social life.

5. Mentee will be required to report regularly to the College on progress of mentorship and, give feedback about the programme to the College.

Source of Mentors and Mentees

Mentors are alumni and friends of Shaw College while all undergraduate students affiliated to Shaw College are eligible to be mentees.

Proposed Mentor-Mentee Interaction Activities

- Educational Activities

1. sharing on academic articles or books

2. attending professional conferences, seminars, workshops or short courses

3. working on educational projects

- Social, Cultural and Sport Activities

1. going out to lunch/dinner/tea/happy hour

2. arranging campus visit

3. engaging in sport, recreational and cultural activities

4. joining each other's family activities. If a mentor has children, involve the mentee whom can be the children's mentor in return.

5. participating in various activities organized by Shaw College , Student Union and Alumni Association

6. introduction of the mentor's professional career and his/her job's nature, including description and site visit to the workplace of the mentor

7. scheduling meetings to share issues related to the current development of the mentor's profession, or mentor's knowledge and experience in social skills building, critical and analytical thinking, decision-making, problem solving, stress coping in managing his/her work

- Others

1. frequent contact via e-mail, telephone calls, text messagers, facebook, cards, letters, etc.

2. arranging group mentoring activities together with ex-/other mentors and mentees.

For Mentors - Do's and Don'ts

Mentors - Do's

1. do keep close in touch with your mentee

2. do encourage your mentee to be proactive

3. do treat your mentee as a young brother, sister or colleague

4. do enjoy the mentor-mentee relationship

5. do listen to your mentee's questions

6. do get help when you can't deal with your mentee alone

Mentors - Don'ts

1. don't present too expensive gift to mentee

2. don't spoil your mentee, let him/her pay once in a while

3. don't speak like a boss to your mentee

4. don't get personal assumptions about your mentee

5. don't underestimate the time and commitment

For Mentees - Do's and Don'ts

Mentees - Do's

1. do take initiative to keep close contact with your mentor

2. do suggest activities for promoting mentor-mentee relationship

3. do make a priority for meeting with your mentor

4. do respect your mentor in all kinds of communication

5. do keep record of your experiences with your mentor

6. do be open-minded in sharing with your mentor

7. do prepare some topics for discussion before you meet your mentor

8. do observe general etiquette standards, i.e. be punctual and courteous

Mentees - Don'ts

1. don't hesitate to contact your mentor or the Officer-in-charge for the Mentorship Program of the College when you need advice

2. don't be emotional in seeking advice from your mentor

3. don't get personal assumptions about your mentor

4. don't underestimate the time and commitment

5. don't take for granted that you mentor will pay for everything

6. don't impose unrealistic expectation upon your mentor, such as securing a job or answer all your questions and solves all your problems

7. don't contact your mentor in unreasonable hours, i.e. too early in the morning or too late at night

8. don't feel frustrate if your mentor seems to be busy sometimes and cannot respond to you promptly. Try to send your words of concern via email or other instant messager channels.