City : Mentoring Bridge : About Mentoring
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is where one person with experience gives advice and guidance to another person. Your mentor is likely to be someone who has been in your situation before. They will have been well chosen by the organisations to be a good fit with you and your needs, so they will understand exactly where you are coming from! Their job is to give you personal advice specific to your situation.
Who is it for?
It’s for anyone who would like someone to support them to get to where they want to be.
I know exactly what I want to do. Should I get a mentor?
There are so many reasons why having a mentor might help you. If your mentor has experience in what you want to do they can tell you how to get there, show you the path. They can give you advice on how to get where you want to go, what to do, and what to avoid.
I have no idea what I want to do. Can a mentor help me?
Absolutely! A mentor can still be really valuable. They can chat with you about your options, suggesting things that you may not have thought about yourself. Your mentor will help you focus on yourself and how you can learn new skills and make the most of your situation. A mentor will help you understand what is possible and help you set realistic goals for you to work on.
How does mentoring work?
There are two people involved, the mentor and you. So that you can develop a close relationship, your mentor will spend time getting to know you and understanding your situation. You can decide at the beginning of the mentoring relationship how long you want it to last and how often you will meet. They will get to know you really well so you can trust them to give you advice specific to you. They are there to support you, the type of support you can get will depend on the relationship you have with your mentor.
What do I have to do?
The first step would be to get in touch with an organisation to find you a suitable mentor. On the next floor you'll find out how to get in touch and who would be best to speak to. Once you’ve met with your mentor for the first time, the rest is a team effort so the key to the relationship is asking questions. You have the opportunity to ask your mentor all kinds of things and they can guide you from their own knowledge and experience.
Types of Mentoring
Mentors can help you in all sorts of areas, with your personal problems, in your hunt for a job or if you are starting your own business.
Just you and your mentor. When you first meet them you will discuss how often you will meet and for how long. Then you can go on to discuss your aims and goals.
You and a couple of other people in the same situation as you all meeting up at regular intervals. With this sort of mentoring there is lots of group support in addition to the support you will get from your mentor
Done via email with few face-to-face meetings. Your mentor can reply to your questions online and check over job applications or business plans via email. This type tends to be more common in business mentoring situations.