Mentors and Mentees
Mentoring is a powerful personal and professional development tool, focused on supporting an individual’s development through professional conversation. It is a development partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences.
To impart your life experience onto the next generation is a humble benefit of being a mentor, but you will also improve communication, personal skills and enhance your CV. Mentors develop leadership and management qualities, reinforce their own study skills, and can increase their confidence and motivation.
Being a Mentor
Mentors will be in two groups: professionals in the technical community, delivering specific technical skills; and education and training professionals, working in organisation and professional development. It is important to distinguish between mentoring for specific technical skills and mentoring for general personal development, such as team leading and time management.
There are many great reasons to be a mentor:
- Job satisfaction
- Helping people and organisations improve
- Developing the wider community
- Contributing your knowledge and experience
- Developing new skills and practicing existing ones
- Career development
Being a Mentee
As a mentee, you will be able to contact a named person within the NTDC Smart Mentoring programme to discuss your requirements in confidence. They will be able to advise you on availability, process, procedure, cost, getting started at anything else you may need.
Mentees will be encouraged to identify their specific needs and supported by mentors that are identified to have an appropriate area and level of expertise. This matching process will be supported by the mapping of roles to mentoring opportunities by the NTDC. The NTDC will guide you through the process of becoming a mentee, and you will be able to contact a named person to discuss your requirements in confidence.
A range of resources will be available for both mentees and mentors on how to get the most out of your sessions, available software and preparing, delivering and conducting a mentoring session.
We have put together helper documents to assist in the mentoring process including the Learning Contract required by both the mentee and mentor, as well as SMART and SWOT supporting forms for when you carry out your mentor sessions.