Mentorships can be mutually beneficial for both mentors and mentees. Being a mentor can be quite intimidating, as mentors may be new to stepping into a leadership role. It can be a great way to give back and a rewarding learning experience for self-development - if the experience is satisfying and successful.
Mentees may be unsure of how to open up to their mentors and feel uncomfortable sharing their goals and failures. Being a mentee can help reveal blindspots, expand connections and set and achieve attainable goals - again if the experience is satisfying and successful.
Ensure that both your participants are maximizing their mentor/mentee relationship within your program by providing confidence, tools to get them started, and skills to set their relationship up for success.
Whether mentorship is a new concept for your mentors and/or mentees or you simply want to provide them an opportunity to brush up on those skills, EnPoint offers training for both mentors and mentees.
Help set your mentors and/or mentees up for relationships that are satisfying and have people coming back for more by helping them:
Understand what mentorship is (and isn’t) in your program, it’s intended objectives and benefits.
Learn from and adapt the best practices that will work for them, on how to start and build their mentorship relationships.
Kickstart their mentorship relationships with tips and sample guides that will allow them to maximize the benefits of mentorship.
Clearly define roles and expectations within their mentor/mentee relationship.
Reflect on and generate goals and action plans for their mentorship.
Consider the life-long value of mentorship to their career journey and professional development.
"Thank you for the absolutely awesome first session tonight! I have definitely learnt some key points that haven’t crossed my mind before, and I look forward to all future interactions to learn and grow from."
Anon Student, ADaPT