Guidance for mentors
Mentoring potentially benefits both mentor and mentee and therefore the College.
Thinking about becoming a mentor?
Effective mentors have the ability to do the following:
- Build rapport
- Listen and accurately ascertain meaning
- Ask questions and encourage others to explore issues
- Structure conversations
- Encourage and allow the mentee to take the initiative
- Provide feedback that is both challenging and empathic
- Offer knowledge and advice with care
- Offer fresh perspectives
- Maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality
- Commit sufficient time and mental energy to the mentoring relationship
To help decide if you are ready to be a mentor:
- Talk to others who already are mentoring
- Think about your own experiences of being mentored – what worked and what didn’t
Once you have decided you have the attributes, the time and energy to become a mentor, and have completed the self-assessment form you will be invited to participate in a mentor briefing.
Further guidance for mentors in the "Further resources" section.