Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to become a CodePath Mentor? Professionals working in a technical role (engineering, product, design, etc.) with at least 2 years of work experience are eligible to be CodePath mentors. Being proficient in at least 1 programming language is requested but not mandatory. 
  • What am I expected to do? Mentors are asked to meet with their mentees at least five times during the semester-long mentoring engagement. This interaction will take place via web conferencing tools such as Skype or phone calls. Mentors and mentees located in the same area are welcome to meet face-to-face if they mutually prefer to do so. 
  • How long will the commitment be? The mentoring engagement lasts for one school semester, approximately 13 weeks. 
  • What do I discuss with my mentee? Based on the responses you and your mentee provide in the onboarding form, you will be given a list of possible conversation topics and goals to discuss during each of the five sessions. Typical topics include learning new programming languages, launching a startup, landing a first internship, and more. However, mentors and mentees can determine their own goals for each session if they prefer to do so. 
  • What resources are provided for mentors and mentees? Mentors and mentees are provided with a five session plan which includes readings, worksheets, and help guides intended to make the mentoring engagement as seamless as possible. 
  • What should I do if my mentoring relationship isn't going well?​ We encourage letting the mentee know about the situation and contacting a program administrator as soon as possible. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.

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Mentor DO's

  1. Commit at least five 30-minute sessions during one semester (13 weeks).
  2. Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
  3. Respond to emails from your mentee within two days of receipt.
  4. Keep information that your mentee has shared with you confidential. 
  5. Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
  6. Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
  7. Provide honest and timely feedback to your mentee.
  8. Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.

Mentor DON'Ts

  1. Above all, don't worry about having the right answers. The best mentors are those that listen and give their honest feedback and advice. 
  2. Encourage mentee to be totally dependent upon you.
  3. Be too busy when the mentee needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the mentee a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.
  4. Criticize.