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IT@Cornell Mentoring Program

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The mission of the IT@Cornell Mentoring Program is to support and guide personal growth of IT@Cornell’s internal talent by providing participants with access to experienced peers and colleagues who can facilitate leadership and development opportunities.

For more information, please contact it-mentoring@cornell.edu

Program Objectives

  • Establish connections/networking opportunities within IT@Cornell.
  • Help employees transition into a new role.
  • Help experienced employees enhance their career potential or identify new career paths.
  • Assist new managers by pairing them with an experienced manager within an IT organization.
  • Reassess and modify the program based on feedback.    

What Is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person (Mentor) shares knowledge, skills, information, and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else (Mentee).

Role of the Mentee

Role of the Mentor
  • Active Partner
  • Driver of the Relationship
  • Development Planner
  • Continuous Learner
  • Coach/Advisor
  • Source of Encouragement/Support
  • Information Conduit
  • Champion
  • Devil’s Advocate
  • Teacher

Qualities of an Effective Mentee

  • Has realistic expectations of the mentor relationship
  • Accepts the mentoring relationship with “no strings attached”
  • Is willing to express dilemmas, feelings, emotions
  • Listens well
  • Values and is open to the opinions of others
  • Engages in self-examination
  • Has the courage to try out new behaviors and patterns

Qualities of an Effective Mentor

  • Shares skills, knowledge, and expertise
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and acts as a positive role model
  • Take a personal interest in the mentoring relationship
  • Exhibits enthusiasm in the IT field
  • Values ongoing learning and growth in the IT field
  • Provides guidance and constructive feedback
  • Is respected by colleagues and employees at all levels of the organization
  • Sets and meets ongoing personal and professional goals
  • Values the opinions and initiatives of others
  • Motivates others by setting a good example
Mentee Benefits Mentor Benefits
  • Targeted Development Activities
  • Increased Awareness of the Organization
  • Creativity and Idea Exposure
  • Increased Self-Confidence
  • Access to a support system during critical stages of career development
  • Insider perspective on navigating their chosen career
  • Understanding and enhancement of career development plans
  • Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Identification of skill gaps
  • Greater knowledge of career success factors
  • A lasting career network 
  • Professional Self-Renewal
  • Sense of Pride
  • Enhanced Self-Esteem
  • Renewed Confidence and Self-Respect
  • Revitalized Interest in Work
  • Ongoing attention to mentor’s own career development
  • Satisfaction from sharing experience with others in the profession without a huge time commitment
  • Enhancement of coaching, mentoring, leadership, and management skills
  • Chance to be exposed to a diversity of thought, style, personality, and culture
  • A way to “give back”
  • A lasting career network

Tips for Mentoring

Mentoring Others (Lynda.com, video)

9 Powerful Practices of Really Great Mentors (Skillsoft, book)

About this Article

Last updated: 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 2:29pm

Audience: 

IT Professionals

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