What dose mentoring look like?


Mentoring can be defined in various ways, two commonly used definitions are: ‘A learning and or counseling relationship between an experienced person who shares his or her professional expertise with a less experienced person in order to develop the skills and abilities of the less experienced party.’ Typically a one-to-one relationship that is created spontaneously or informally, between a more experienced and a less experienced person. The relationship is based upon encouragement, constructive comments, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share’. Another way in which the relationship arises is that the initiative for the relationship is taken by a mentee who approaches a mentor and explains her or his intentions.