Guide to the mentoring scheme
1. WHAT IS MENTORING AND E MENTORING?
The simplest definition of mentoring is:
“A one-to-one relationship in which a mentor offers ongoing support and development opportunities to a mentee”
The word mentor comes from Greek mythology when, in Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus goes to fight the Trojan War and leaves the care of his palace and son to Mentor.
The mentoring relationship can be a very powerful and positive experience. It can enable and develop a greater sense of confidence, enhancing the professional and personal skills of both the mentee and mentor. Even if you have not ever had a formal mentoring relationship you can probably think of people who have supported you in your career, taken an interest in your work and shared their experience with you. A mentoring relationship offers you a more formal opportunity to benefit from another person.
Nowadays a mentoring relationship can be developed electronically – an e-mentoring arrangement. This simply means that the mentor pairs do not need to have face-to-face meetings but communicate through e-mail and on the telephone. This negates any issues of geography and relaxes timing issues in the relationship.
2. WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF WOMEN IN LOGISTICS MENTORING SCHEME?
The scheme aims to:
3. WHAT CAN MENTEES GET OUT OF A MENTORING RELATIONSHIP?
Each mentoring relationship will develop dependent upon the requirements of the mentee and these may include:
4. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE MENTEE?
The role of the mentee is to become an active learner, working with the mentor on work and career development themes. A mentee may wish to:
5. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE MENTOR?
Mentors should be experienced managers in the sector who can provide support for the mentee. The role of the mentor can cover a wide range of roles, such as to:
6. GETTING STARTED
To apply to join the WIL mentoring scheme you will need to complete two forms: initally the mentoring application form and, when your application has been accepted, the mentoring scheme survey. Please note the information about liability on these forms. You will then be, where possible, allocated a partner in the scheme to work with.
The best way to start your relationship is to spend a bit of time finding out about each other, for example by sharing CVs. You will then need to discuss your mentoring relationship and agree parameters such as:
7. THE MENTORING LIFECYCLE
Most mentoring relationships follow a lifecycle which has a sequence of phases as follows:
8. AVOIDING PROBLEMS IN MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS
There are some key aspects of mentoring relationships which should be observed:
9. TWO POINTS TO REMEMBER
We hope you have a positive e-mentoring experience! Please let us know how you get on so that we can continue to develop our scheme for the benefit of other members.
If you have any questions or queries regarding the scheme please contact Vanessa or Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org