Mentoring is a widely used development tool that has proved to have a beneficial impact on effectiveness, confidence and career advancement.

At the heart of mentoring is a relationship based on trust and mutual regard where one colleague uses their expertise and knowledge to support the development of another colleague.

Most mentoring occurs between senior and more junior colleagues although peer mentoring, where there is little or no differences in seniority, is also possible.

Through one-to-one confidential conversations the mentee is encouraged and challenged to achieve their potential and aspirations. It can be useful at all stages of a career.

what it is and is not

Mentoring provides a:

  • Safe space to explore options and plan future action
  • Place to be challenged and supported
  • Sounding board
  • Source of advice and guidance
  • New perspectives

Mentoring is not: