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What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a personal development process, where an experienced individual – a Mentor – guides and supports a less experienced person to make a positive change or improve him or herself in some way. The person who is being mentored is often referred to as a Mentee
A mentor can be someone who has been in a similar situation to the mentee before or they may have specialist knowledge in a particular subject area. It is their role to assist their mentee to develop themselves for the better, make positive choices and support them to achieve their aims. A mentor won’t necessarily do things for the Mentee, but they will advise on the best way to make something happen.
The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation have a great factsheet for more information on Mentoring http://www.mandbf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/What-is-mentoring-and-befriending-5.8.14.pdf%20
Who is it for?
It’s for anyone who would like someone to support them to get to where they want to be.
I know exactly what I want to do. Should I get a mentor?
There are so many reasons why having a mentor might help you. They can give you advice on how to get where you want to go, what to do, and what to avoid.
I have no idea what I want to do. Can a mentor help me?
your options, suggesting things that you may not have thought for yourself. A mentor will help you focus on yourself and how you can learn new skills and make the most of your situation. A mentor will help you understand what is possible and help you set realistic goals for you to work on.
How does mentoring work?
To begin with, a mentor will spend time getting to know you and understanding your situation. You can decide at the beginning of the mentoring relationship how long you want it to last and how often you will meet. They will get to know you really well so you can trust them to give you advice specific to you.
What do I have to do?
The first step would be to get in touch with an organisation that can find you a suitable mentor. As you work through these Floors you'll find out how to get in touch with mentoring organisations and who would be best to speak to. Once you’ve met with your mentor for the first time, the rest is a team effort so the key to the relationship is asking questions. You have the opportunity to ask your mentor all kinds of things and they can guide you from their own knowledge and experience.
Types of Mentoring
Mentors can help you in all sorts of areas, with your personal problems, in your hunt for a job or if you are starting your own business.
Just you and your mentor. When you first meet them you will discuss how often you will meet and for how long. Then you can go on to discuss your aims and goals.
You and a couple of other people in the same situation as you all meeting up at regular intervals. With this sort of mentoring there is lots of group support in addition to the support you will get from your mentor
Done via email with few face-to-face meetings. Your mentor can reply to your questions online and check over job applications or business plans via email or through social media.