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What is mentoring?

Mentors have specific skills and experience in areas someone may want to develop for themself. A good mentor will be able to share both their failings as well as their successes and it is their ability to turn a failure into success that makes their input so valuable. A mentor acts as an advisor and guide to help the mentee to find the right direction; someone who can help them to develop solutions on work based and career issues. A mentor should ask questions and challenge, while providing guidance and encouragement.


What’s in it for me?

As a mentee – you have the potential to change/achieve your goals more quickly and effectively than working alone. Drawing on someone else’s expertise that can benefit both yourself and others as well as developing skills you don’t currently have.

As a mentor - mentoring is voluntary but extremely rewarding, and can benefit your own skills development and career progression. You need to be the sort of person who wants others to succeed, and have or can develop the skills needed to support them. The rewards of seeing someone you’ve helped progress and succeed are immeasurable; giving you increased job and personal satisfaction. The skills needed to be a mentor are transferable to a wide range of contexts. Mentoring can help improve teaching skills, strategy development and consultancy skills.


What does mentoring involve?

Mentoring is working 1 to 1 with someone who has skills or experience a mentee wants to develop themselves in.

For example mentoring can support individuals who are looking for:

  • practical advice or to deepen their technical knowledge
  • understanding of how a service area or organisation works
  • knowledge about how to work strategically or politically to get the job done
  • a way to develop their networks

The mentor is there to help the mentee think through aspects of their work and help them to find a way forward. They provide individuals with the time to review their current and future work, giving the opportunity to assess their focus, influence, direction, challenges and aspirations.

Working with a mentor can help a mentee to enhance their performance and the speed at which it is achieved, providing tailored personal development and support on how to handle situations effectively.

Through the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool we have a variety of experienced mentors available for you to access.


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Can I become a mentor?