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Mentor Qualities, Roles, Responsibilities

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Desirable Qualities in a Mentor:

  • Extensive professional experience with high level of recognition in area of expertise
  • Leadership orientation with nurturing perspective that welcomes diversity   
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills covering a broad spectrum
  • Accessible and willing to share skills, knowledge, information, and resources
  • Trustworthy, respectful, understanding and patient, without exception
  • A good listener that creates a safe environment to develop and empower others

Core Role of a Mentor:

  • Facilitate the professional growth and development of the mentee as an individual
  • Offer guidance and expertise to help the mentee identify their goals and aspirations 
  • Assist the mentee in developing a strategy for achieving their mentoring objectives 
  • Actively recognize and communicate useful knowledge, information and opportunities
  • Work closely with the mentee to create a satisfying and productive relationship

Primary Responsibilities of a Mentor:

  • Maintain a professional relationship with the mentee
  • Support the professional and personal development of the mentee
  • Focus on individual needs of the mentee, with no agenda
  • Maintain and respect the confidentiality of the discussions
  • Meet regularly with the mentee and take an active role in reviewing progress
  • Notify AESS Mentoring Coordinator of any needs that the program is not meeting

Expected Benefits to a Mentor:

  • Opportunity to increase self-awareness and interpersonal skills in professional relationships
  • Access to new ideas, different perspectives and broader networks in the two-way exchange
  • Enhanced communication and leadership skills, often held in high regard by organizations
  • A way of making a contribution to the society and giving back to the community
  • Intrinsic satisfaction from passing on acquired skills, experience and knowledge
  • Fulfilment and intellectual stimulation from assisting in the mentee’s development




Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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