Understanding Mentoring

Using your knowledge and experience to help others

Mentoring refers to a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. It is a process for sharing knowledge relevant to work, career, or professional development. The intent is to develop another’s capabilities through a one-on-one relationship that is outside a formal organizational structure. It can be face-to-face or via technology, and held over a sustained period of time.  Mentors come either from within one’s own organization or externally, even outside one’s sector.  They provide insight, guidance, and often pointed advice and direction, based on their own experience and expertise.  Effective mentoring requires agreed upon goals, scheduled meetings, and evaluation of outcomes.

A mentor is someone who agrees to share their skills, knowledge, expertise, and professional contacts with you. Mentors can help you set career goals, resolve difficult problems, and make sound career decisions.