- Benefits for the Mentor
- Personal satisfaction from helping and watching someone grow and develop
- Knowledge of the institution from a different perspective (that of the mentoree)
- Skills in the sharing of information and appreciation of the process
- Improved listening, counselling and coaching skills
- An opportunity for personal reflection on their own career/ personal aspirations
- Recognition and appreciation of their own skills and increased confidence
- What Enables Personal and Professional Growth to Occur?
- The power of the mentor BELIEVING in the mentoree's ability and encouraging the mentoree to do what they think they cannot do
- The power of the mentor LISTENING to the mentoree
- The power of receiving TRUTH in the form of constructive feedback
- Benefits of Mentoring for the Organisation
- Staff retention (research indicates that employees who receive effective coaching and mentoring plan to stay with the company for at least the next 5 years)
- More effective staff
- Demonstrates a commitment to training and development
- Tangible and measurable gains if work tasks or projects are used as developmental tools
- Improved communication across the organisation Increased motivation
Use this list as thought starters, it is far from exhaustive. The important thing is to own your expectations for this mentoring relationship and communicate them clearly to your partner. If it helps print this list and select or modify the expectations that are important for you, including these in your Mentoring Contract.
- The Role of a Mentor
A Mentor's role in career development can include being a coach, a counsellor, a communicator, an advisor, a broker or a referral agent.
- Characteristics of an Effective Mentor
Mentors need to exhibit the following characteristics
- Ability to generate trust
- Strong communication skills
- Willingness to be responsible for another person's growth
- Willingness to take risks
- High self-confidence
- Patience and tolerance
- Trust others and can be trusted
- Being innovative
- Being accessible
- Have a good understanding of the organisation
- Ability to handle conflict
- Knowledge of both implicit and explicit rules being a visionary
- Being honest when giving feedback
- People oriented
- Value their organisation and their work
- Respect subordinates
- Cares about others
- About You as a Mentor
A mentor will usually be in a more senior position in the University than you and will have experience, knowledge and skills in certain areas that match with your goals and aims. They will provide support or advice in areas identified by their mentoree, on decisions concerning work, life or career, developing options and strategies and for coping with particular situations or problems. They may assist in skills development, networking and confidence-building. Above all, a mentor is someone who listens, is accessible and approachable and acts as a guide, facilitator or role model for the mentoree.
- How Will You Be Matched?
Selected participants will be matched as closely as possible to each mentoree’s identified needs and the available mentors. Your response to the Expression of Interest Questionnaire will be used in the selection process. Please note that your responses may be provided to your mentoree.
- The Role of Your Mentorees Manager/Supervisor
It is important to consider the role of your Mentorees Managers/Supervisors in Mentoring Programs. Sometimes their supervisor may feel that a certain measure of control has been taken from them in regard to overseeing their performance. It is vitally important that their supervisor understand that they still have their day to day operational performance management. It is the future career of the Mentoree, with all of its questions and development activities, that becomes part of the brief of being Mentor.
Mentors need to:
- Be aware of potential Line Manager concerns and work through them together.
- Assist with any conflicts that may arise, where mentoring activities may interfere with day to day work
- How Do You Apply?
Mentors please fillout the online form*.
Places are limited and BEFORE applying, we advise you
- Discuss your participation in the program with your supervisor (if applicable)
- Be able to commit to dates of the initial session and evaluation meetings.
- Read more about the program, the more you know, the more you will get out of the program.
- Be prepared; to listen and be open to talking.
- Be willing to accept and give criticism with compassion and empathy.
- The mentoring program is designed to assist the mentorees with goals and the mentors with mentoring and coaching skills.