“ help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking”
Mentoring is a partnership where a more experienced mentor shares their knowledge and expertise with a less experienced mentee. The mentee is encouraged, challenged and supported by the mentor to learn and grow.
Is having a mentor necessary?
Absolutely. A mentor is like a Sherpa, a trusted guide, who has successfully navigated the paths under consideration in a career. He or she can explain what is needed for success in an area of focus, assist in setting priorities and goals for projects, and help you reach these goals. A mentor also provides critical feedback in areas such as communications, time management, interpersonal relationships, and leadership skills. Sharing this knowledge helps the mentee avoid mistakes and contributes to professional growth and experience, and it also helps open the door to numerous contacts who can provide opportunities for learning new skills.
Having a mentor also increases your visibility by providing new networking opportunities and identifying potential collaborators of influence within your field of expertise. Being introduced to these new contacts by your mentor makes it more likely that you are remembered, and that your resume or work are given more than a cursory glance when presented. It also provides access to a large pool of references for further career advancement.
Benefits of mentoring for both parties include:
What is a mentor?
A mentor is someone who gives help and advice to a less experienced person. A mentor can help a mentee make the most of career opportunities and support their personal development.
· Help boost confidence of the mentee
· Give the mentee clarity and an opportunity to focus on their goals and career objectives
· Provide a safe space for the mentee to reflect, develop and grow
Will I get anything from being a mentor?
Whilst mentoring focuses on the mentee, there are lots of benefits for mentors too, they include:
· Develop communication, leadership, coaching and mentoring skills
· Increase your network
· A feeling of ‘giving back’ to the industry
· It is good for the CV
· Reflect on your own skills and achievements
· An opportunity to use your creativity skills
· To learn from the ideas and experiences of someone who could be from a different generation, background or have different life experiences, expectations, stage of career, sector etc.
Great mentors help the mentee to focus on their own career goals and challenges by:
· Providing an outside and non-judgemental perspective
· Actively listening to the things that are creating barriers or worrying the mentee
· Sharing their own experiences, giving unbiased advice, support, feedback and challenge
· Acting as a confidential sounding board for ideas
· Facilitating decision making by helping the mentee to generate ideas and actions of their own
· Providing contacts and introducing the mentee to networks to further their personal and professional development