Roles and Responsibilities

Mentor’s role and responsibilities

The primary role of the mentor is to provide support and guidance to mentees in their personal and professional development.

The mentor’s role and responsibilities include:

  • Meeting with mentee formally and informally and maintaining a professional relationship as per Monash Malaysia policy and guidelines (http://www.monash.edu.my/executive-services/policy/business-rules.html)
  • Listening to mentee’s needs, concerns, aspirations and expectations
  • Demonstrating high standards and ethical practices
  • Motivating and supporting mentee in the achievement of goals and directing to appropriate referral for resources
  • Providing objective advice, information, guidance and constructive feedback on development
  • Facilitating and evaluating the mentee’s decision making and problem solving
  • Maintaining confidentiality of matters discussed with mentee
  • Reviewing and evaluating the relationship with mentee
  • Informing the CMS Coordinator of any of the following situations:

    • Ongoing or persistent difficulties with mentee
    • Changes in the ability to provide support
    • Recognizing and acknowledging when it is necessary to give up the role of a mentor

(Casey & McKavanagh, 2001; Spencer, Tribe, & Sokolovskaja, 2004)

Mentee’s role and responsibilities

The primary role of a mentee is to identify and achieve individual and career development goals and expectations with guidance and support from the mentor.

The mentee’s role and responsibilities include:

  • Identifying and achieving new knowledge and competency for career growth
  • Seeking guidance and advice on developmental opportunities
  • Actively accepting responsibility for own development, decisions and actions
  • Being receptive to feedback and comments
  • Maintaining confidentiality in matters discussed with mentor
  • Meeting with mentor formally or informally and maintaining a professional relationship as per Monash Malaysia policy and guidelines (http://www.monash.edu.my/executiveservices/policy/business-rules.html)
  • Keeping mentor advised of availability
  • Informing the CMS Coordinator of any the following situations:
    • Ongoing or persistent difficulties with mentor
    • Changes in the ability to achieve predetermined goals or expectations
    • Perceived lack of guidance and support from mentor
    • Recognizing and acknowledging when it is necessary to end the mentoring relationship

(Casey & McKavanagh, 2001; Spencer, Tribe, & Sokolovskaja, 2004)

Scheme Coordinator’s role and responsibilities

The role of the CMS Coordinator is to ensure the smooth running of the scheme. The CMS Coordinator acts as the point of contact.

The CMS Coordinator’s responsibilities include:

  • Receiving applications from potential mentors and mentees
  • Facilitating the matching of mentors and mentees with advice from the scheme’s academic advisers.
  • Coordinating relevant training for mentors and mentees
  • Coordinating the evaluation and review of the CMS
  • Providing support to mentors and mentees on queries relating to scheme
  • Treating all information as confidential