Mentee FAQ's


How can I get the most out of my mentorship experience?

  • Think carefully about the areas you most want to improve, and communicate those clearly to your mentor
  • Learn about your mentor’s background and ask about the connections and experiences that are most interesting to you
  • Give your mentor feedback

I was invited to join the Niners Doctoral Collective, but I don't think I need to--what should I do?

Mentors can help you delve deeper into an academic interest, career field, or activity that you already excel at, whether it’s finding an internship, getting a promotion, succeeding in an advanced class, or being elected to a leadership role.

I'm an adult student, and I'd like to be paired with someone who shares my experience. Is that possible?

Yes! Many of our mentors are adult students. You can indicate this preference on your matching survey during the sign-up process.

Mentor FAQ's


What if my mentee asks me questions I don't know the answer to?

That’s completely fine. As a mentor, your job isn’t to know all the answers. It’s to help your mentee find the answers they need. You can consult your mentor resources and email help@mentorcollective.org if you get stuck.

Are mentors paid?

No, mentoring is a volunteer opportunity. However, we welcome (and encourage) you to include your experience as a mentor on LinkedIn or your resume. As a mentor, you have the chance to develop strong leadership and communication skills.  

How many mentees to mentors work with?

Mentors can take any number of mentees they are interested in. Most mentors take somewhere between 2 and 5 mentees at a time. The most important thing is that you do what feels right for you.


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