Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers and is becoming increasing popular as its potential is realised. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.
A mentor is a guide who can help the mentee to find the right direction and who can help them to develop solutions to career issues. Mentoring provides the mentee with an opportunity to think about career options and progress.
Once contact is made with a mentor, you then have an initial conversation to discuss your position and reason for seeking mentoring. If you then proceed to establish a mentoring arrangement, you agree the time and venue for sessions and contract with your mentor. A mentor can offer three to four sessions, each usually lasting between one to two
hours. Mentoring sessions should be approximately 6 to 12 weeks apart; this should be agreed as part of the contract negotiation. Initial mentor support will always be provided through a face to face meeting, though subsequent support may be offered either face to face, telephone, correspondence or via email conversations.
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