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What is Mentoring?

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According to Eric Parsloe at the Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring, Mentors provide encouragement and support to people who are in the process of managing their own skill sets and educational development so that they can become the person they want to be through improvements in performance and the development of their skills.

Mentorship

Mentorships are powerful tools for empowerment and personal development. As its potential is steadily becoming more recognised, it is becoming an increasingly powerful way to help people effectively progress in their careers. The partnership works best when the Mentee and Mentor either share similar experiences or both work in the same field. This one-on-one relationship is based on mutual respect and trust.

Mentees look to their Mentors to help them find good solutions to workplace issues as they progress in their career and provide guidance to help them find the right path. This relationship works best when Mentors empathise with the problems and issues of their Mentee, because they have had similar experiences in the past. This relationship is a safe place for the person who is being Mentored to explore their options and examine ways to fulfil their career ambitions.

To be effective, the Mentor should concentrate on ways to boost the self-confidence while encourage their Mentee to believe in themselves. While providing encouragement and guidance, they should challenge and ask hard questions. This setting is perfect for the Mentee to confidently explore new ideas. It is a chance for them to think about what they want to do in their life and address the issues and opportunities that they have. Mentoring is designed to help people learn how to direct their own lives rather than leaving things to chance, by fostering an atmosphere of personal responsibility and self-awareness.

Mentors set focus on the person. It is more of a friendly partnership than a professional relationship.

Mentoring Benefits

  • Mentoring provides support and provides the mechanics of finding solutions especially when one is a member of a minority
  • In most cases, women are more comfortable being mentored by another female
  • Female Mentors are better able to help other women deal with workplace issues because they are more familiar with the specific challenge females face on the job
  • Mentors are often from different organisations than their Mentees, but have gone through similar experiences in their own workplaces
  • Both Mentors and Mentees gain Leadership skills and confidence
  • Mentees benefit from gaining a different perspective
  • Mentees are more likely to advance in their careers
  • Both parties gain a deeper understanding of their industry
  • Both parties extend their network of business connections
  • After a break in their career, people who have been mentored are more likely to return to the field

Conclusion

Mentoring is an important tool for both business and personal environment as it aims at improving both parties involved. Though the focus is mainly on the Mentee gaining insight from a more experienced member of the same industry, the experience can also be two way as the Mentor may learn new approaches from guiding the Mentee. If done right, the Mentee can also offer innovative solution to a problem as they are encourage to come up with their own solution to a problems.

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