What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is an informal and supportive relationship whereby a more experienced individual (the mentor) helps a less experienced individual (the mentee) to learn their job and understand its context within the organization.

A mentor can provide support to a mentee in a variety of ways, such as being available to:

  • Test ideas and suggestions on
  • Point to potential opportunities, provide introductions
  • Provide objective advice
  • Assist with specific skill improvement
  • Explain policies, cultures, values
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Express fears and concerns to
  • Encourage goals and boost morale
  • Challenge assumptions and encourage alternate thinking


What are the Benefits of Mentoring?

Mentorship has many benefits for both the mentee and the mentor, such as:

For the Mentee For the Mentor
Receive impartial advice and encouragement Reflect on your own practice
Develop a supportive relationship Enhance your job satisfaction
Receive assistance with solving problems Develop professional relationships
Improve self-confidence Enhance recognition amongst your peers
Develop professional and interpersonal skills Widen your understanding of the organization
Reflect on your own practice Practice interpersonal skills


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Sources: Coaching and Mentoring, Durham University