What is a Mentor?
Throughout the years, the term mentor has come to mean more experienced person who helps guide, support, and counsel a less experienced person through the world of work. Mentors share their experience and expertise with a mentee to assist them in their career development and personal growth. A mentor can be a role model, coach, sounding board, voice of reason, emotional support, counselor, and a trusted resource. The role of a mentor may differ depending on the goals of the mentee.
Qualities of a Mentor
In order to be successful in a mentoring program, mentors must meet the following criteria:
- Have sufficient time to commit to fostering the mentoring relationship
- Willing to invest in the development of your mentee
- Understand the needs of your mentee
- Set clear boundaries, identifying any areas of confidentiality at the outset of the relationship that may pose a problem
- Clearly establish your preferred method(s) of communication and what response time the mentee can expect when they initiate contact
- Work with the mentee to identify obstacles and collectively determine how these will be overcome
- Facilitate the establishment of goals - encouraging the mentee to determine what those goals should be
- Mentor, coach and guide the mentee, providing helpful coaching and constructive feedback
- Provide friendly, professional support
- Create a comfortable learning environment
- Challenge the mentee
- Be accessible and respond to mentee in a timely manner
The benefits of a mentoring relationship are not limited to the mentee. A mentor may benefit in many unexpected ways:
- Learn something new: A mentor/mentee relationship adds value to both parties. You will learn from your mentee. They may have skills and knowledge that you don't possess and experience in a new industry. The mentor/mentee relationship may stir your creative juices and give you a fresh perspective on your own career.
- Personal Growth: Reflect on your own career, summarize your journey, and formulate your views on success in business.
- Develop leadership skills: Further develop your leadership skills by providing feedback and coaching.
- Personal satisfaction: Being a mentor provides a level of personal satisfaction that is priceless. It affords you the privilege of giving back or just giving of yourself for no reason at all.
- Pride: It encourages you to share your knowledge and take pride in being a subject matter expert.
- Re-energize: Spend time with the mentees who are full of passion and energy and gain a fresh outside perspective, while reflecting on the path you have taken to get to where you are today.
- Improve productivity: Managerial productivity increased by 88% when mentoring was involved verses an only 24% increase with training alone. Source: ASTD.
- Expand your professional network.
There is no fee for Mentors to participate in the program.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2018-2019 program are now closed. Late applicants may be accommodated if a suitable mentor/mentee is available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss opportunities.
What previous Mentors had to say about the program:
"I found being a mentor to be a very rewarding experience."
"I am reaffirmed of my commitment to continue mentoring others and supporting the development and collective body of knowledge within the HR community."
"I have gained as much, if not more, from the young, up-and-coming HR professional that I mentored as they have from me."
“I found the experience very satisfying. In many ways it was invigorating to explain and mentor someone who was at the beginning of their HR career and was driven to succeed as well as evolve. It was beneficial for me to be involved as a mentor and it helped spark a new appreciation for what I do and what I have achieved in my own career.”