What is the role of a Mentor? A mentor may share with a mentee information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling. A mentor may help with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts and identifying resources. The mentor’s role is to guide, to give advice and to support the mentee.
A mentor’s role is to act as a Consultant, a Counselor (listen) and a Cheerleader. In addition to providing constructive feedback and advice, a mentor should also provide support and enthusiasm.
A mentor motivates, inspires and supports – enabling the mentee to achieve his/her life’s goals and aspirations.
What qualities and/or skills do I need to be a Mentor? A mentor acts as a teacher, friend, guide and encourager. A good mentor is willing to share what he/she knows. There are several characteristics that a good mentor needs to have including communication skills, dedication, knowledge, a love of learning, enthusiasm, and an adequate expertise in the mentee’s area of interest.
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Why have a Mentor? Having a mentor can provide many advantages. Mentoring offers a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction. A mentor can help to shorten the learning curve, open the mind to new ideas and possibilities, identify opportunities and advise on how to promote oneself.
What should I expect from a Mentor? A relationship based on trust, confidentiality, mutual respect and sensitivity.
Mentoring requires clear boundaries between the mentor and mentee; both should be involved in establishing and agreeing to this process. A mentee’s engagement with his/her mentor on an ongoing basis is crucial for the success of the relationship to work, to identify goals and challenges, and to set priorities.