What is a Mentor?
Throughout the years, the term mentor has come to mean more experienced person who helps guide, support, and counsel a less experienced person through the world of work. Mentors share their experience and expertise with a protégé to assist them in their career development and planning. Mentoring is not just teaching or counseling - it involves fostering a protégé’s relationship with a person of experience and helping them prepare for the future. A mentor should be one level above the protégé or in the new field of interest of the protégé.
Mentors gain insight while working with protégés who are
entering their field of expertise or interest. They also participate in the
personal and professional growth of those participants that are just entering
or have been in the profession for a period of time. They make positive
contributions to their protégé's learning experience when they share their
knowledge and experience. Mentors also have an opportunity to learn from their
protégés and to test their thinking. Listed below are some of the reward opportunities
to the social and professional development of a protégé
on your own career, summarize your journey, and formulate your views on success
time with the protégés who are full of passion and energy
a fresh outside perspective
the next generation of business leaders
an inside track to recruiting talented HR professionals
The Value of Mentoring
Many successful professionals have had a mentor influence
their career. Mentors are role models who guide and encourage protégés.
Mentoring relationships facilitate the protégé’s growth both personally and
professional as a business professional.
Role of the Mentor
available to the Protégé and attempt to understand his/her needs
with the Protégé to identify obstacles and collectively determine how these
will be overcome
the establishment of goals-encouraging the Protégé to determine what those
goals should be
coach and guide the Protégé-but refrain from telling them what to do
a comfortable learning environment for their student
protégé to explore career paths and assumptions
accessible and respond to protégé in a timely manner
clear boundaries-identify any areas of confidentiality at the outset of the
their preferred method(s) of communication and what response time the protégé
can expect when they initiate contact
Applications for the 2016-2017 program are now closed.
Applications for the 2017-2018 program will be accepted beginning in June 2017.