WHAT IS MENTORING
THE TENETS OF MENTORING
Mentoring is a process through which experienced mentors offer support, advice and understanding to their younger and less experienced counterparts (mentees) to help them proceed with their studies or career and succeed in their lives.
THE MANY FACES OF MENTORING PROGRAMMES
While some programmes focus on longitudinal collaboration between a mentor and a mentee, others work in groups and emphasise the role of peer support. Some programmes are institution-specific, some try to connect people from different schools and environments. Specific designs are defined by the purposes followed by the organisers or the target groups, such as professional development, career advancement, or successful studies at schools and universities.
MENTEE’S PRO-ACTIVENESS - THE KEY TO MENTORING SUCCESS
Although the content of each consultation is a matter of agreement between the mentee and the mentor, it is the mentees that have to show interest and activity in the first place; otherwise they might end up disappointed, because the mentoring process will very likely fail to satisfy their needs and expectations. It is crucial to start any mentoring relationship by clarifying the expectations and needs of both sides, defining the goals, and planning the whole mentoring process.