What are the Benefits of Mentoring?

Benefits for Mentors

Mentors benefit from the mutual exchange of professional and personal support.

  • Mentors receive insight into the issues facing other members of an organization.
  • Mentors gain the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills in developing others in an organization.
  • Mentoring enhances interpersonal and coaching skills important in leadership development.

Benefits for Mentees

Mentoring provides mentees with enhanced coaching—someone to talk to regarding issues, concerns, and developmental objectives.

  • Mentees receive insight into the organization’s culture, structure, and objectives.
  • Mentoring provides mentees with opportunities to build critical interpersonal skills.
  • Mentees gain a better understanding of which behaviors, skills, and practices can advance their careers.

Mentoring Resources and Information

Mentoring Resource Guide

The  Mentoring Resource Guide is a general reference covering aspects of both mentor and mentee roles. It also provides contact information to use throughout the year.

Goal Setting Form

The Goal Setting Form will help mentor pairs identify goals and actions mentees can take to achieve the mentee’s goals.

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What is the Staff Mentor Program?

The Staff Mentor Program is a structured mentorship program that matches mentors and mentees and provides guidance and support over the course of a year. This program develops the UIC careers of individual employees and strengthens UIC’s organizational continuity through knowledge-sharing and employee engagement.

Academic Professional and Civil Service employees are welcome to participate in the mentoring program as a mentor or mentee, or both.

Faculty are not eligible for this program and are encouraged to apply to the UIC Faculty Mentor Program.

How long does the Staff Mentor Program last?

The program supports mentoring pairs for a year, though many pairs continue their relationship beyond their participation in the program.

In what ways does the program support my mentor relationship?

The program supports those seeking a mentor or mentee as well as existing mentor pairs. The Staff Mentor Program matches mentors and mentees and provides information, training, and advice to mentor pairs throughout the year.

What is expected of me?

To participate, complete a mentor or mentee application form, attend the program meetings, and contact your mentoring liaison for help in developing the mentor relationship.

How much time will this program take?

Mentors and mentees are asked to attend the kick-off and wrap-up meetings. Several educational programs are held during the year to provide information, training, and support to program participants. Each mentoring pair determines their meeting schedule.

How do I find a mentor or mentee?

The information provided in the application forms are used to match mentors and mentees according to professional interest and expertise. Once matched, mentoring pairs will meet to confirm a successful match.