UW-Madison academic staff members with one year of employment at UW-Madison are eligible to request a mentor.
People who make good mentees typically:
- are goal oriented,
- seek challenges,
- take initiative,
- show eagerness to learn, and
- take personal responsibility.
Mentees drive the relationship with their mentor; therefore, you should have a clear sense of what you hope to accomplish through the Mentor Match Program. Matches are made based on the mentor’s and mentee’s shared goals, experience, and interests.
Unsure if you are ready for a mentor? Complete the Mentee Readiness Assessment.
Previous mentees in the program have said:
“The mentor/mentee match program offers a unique opportunity to talk with someone outside of your work group to get fresh perspectives on how to grow, change, and improve how work is being done.”
– 2020-2021 Mentee
“I was surprised at how nice it was to connect with other new or early career employees on campus, in addition to my mentor. Despite everyone in our group working in different departments and in different capacities, we connected through our mutual experiences at the university and with the academic environment. Especially during the pandemic, my mentor really focused on self-reflection and us as individuals, not just employees. It was unlike any prior mentoring experience I’ve had, and changed how I view my career and my professional goals. I also really appreciated being able to discuss personal thoughts and experiences related to work, without having any pressure of hierarchy that you would with coworkers or your supervisor.”
– 2020-2021 Mentee
“As a first-year employee, I found the Mentor Match program to be really helpful. I really valued meeting more people from across campus and forming connections. I feel like I’ve added another person to my campus “support team” and appreciate their insights, experience, and advice — especially valuing their opinions, since we work in different areas. We plan to continue meeting into the future.”
Please contact the committee chair/co-chairs for more information.