The people who are effective as mentors are approachable and open minded to listening and sharing information, taking an interest in different types of people.
Mentoring attributes can be learned and developed and the best mentors are those who seek to develop their skills, reflecting on both their mentee’s development and what they themself have learned, or need to strengthen.
We place emphasis here on helping the mentee to problem solve their own career, receiving help from a mentor to think through options, and make their own career decisions.
All mentees will complete the online induction, where they will understand the aims of the programme, what the role of the mentor involves (and doesn’t), and the types of interaction that are anticipated. You will be asked to define your objectives for mentoring, and to start thinking about the type of mentor you want to work with.
Mentees will have to do some thinking to complete the online profile fully before you are approved to use the mentoring portal. It is the responsibility of the mentee to be proactive in the partnership, defining what you want to gain from the sessions, and making contact with mentors.
Mentees are expected to prepare appropriately for each meeting, keep your commitments, and follow up any action that is decided in the meetings. You are asked to treat the mentor’s time and advice as valuable. Mentors are of course asked to reciprocate this, as the value of mentoring is at it’s highest in a trusting partnership based on mutual respect.