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Mentor Me!

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Mentoring is a powerful career development and engagement tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers. It is a collaborative relationship between two people (mentor and mentee) normally not in a supervisor-supervisee relationship. The relationship is based upon openness, mutual trust and respect. A mentor helps the mentee explore career issues and guides them to take self-ownership for career development. Mentoring provides the mentee with an opportunity to think about career options and progress. A mentor asks questions, challenges assumptions while providing guidance and encouragement thereby strengthening the confidence of the mentee.

  1. Set clear boundaries in mentoring meetings.
  2. Set agenda for points to cover, or some performance goals for the mentee to pursue.
  3. Adopt an honest and open relationship.
  4. Discuss issues or concerns of mentee.
  5. Build long term capability instead of quick fixes.
  6. Exchange views and give the mentee guidance, and don’t just give the mentee immediate answers to a problem.
  7. Make sure the mentee knows when you’re acting as a mentor, rather than as a manager.

  1. Organisation / management
    • Promote the use of mentoring in the workplace to help individual contributors navigate career or development growths and challenges.
    • Provide mentoring guidelines and instructions to managers and supervisors.
  2. Workplace ‘trainer’
    • Be a good listener.
    • Is trustworthy, ethical and respected.
    • Is knowledgeable, skilled and well-connected.
    • Is interested in teaching, guiding, inspiring and empowering.
    • Is successful and experienced, with a proven track record and high standards.
  3. Workplace ‘learner’
    • Strive to succeed. Maintain the highest level of integrity and confidentiality. What you do and how you do it reflects on your mentor.
    • Be open and honest about your needs. If the relationship is not working, say so in a considerate way. Don’t waste your mentor’s time.
    • Show thanks to your mentor often! Send a note, an email or a small token of appreciation.