Mentoring is a developmental relationship in which one person (the Mentor) – usually someone more knowledgeable (though ‘peer’ mentoring can be as successful) helps another (the Mentee) to discover more about themselves, and develop their potential capability. This is achieved through a professional friendship designed to support career progression, widen an individual’s networks, develop leadership capability and improve performance.
Why become a Mentor?
- Are you interested in your own development and learning?
- Are you a good listener?
- Are you self-critical, reflective and curious?
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Becoming A SWLA Mentor:
- There are no specific requirements to join the South West mentoring register other than you practice ethically within your area of expertise.
- Mentor CPD Requirements: There are no minimum requirements but mentors are expected to ensure their own professional practice is up to date
Why become a Mentee?
Mentoring is about getting support for your own learning and development wherever you are in your career. Working with a mentor will create a greater self-awareness of your unique talents and also identify some gaps in your current skills set. Using reflection you will learn what works best for you now and in the future, along with suggestions that can widen your horizons and narrow your actions. It doesn’t matter what you do or where you’re from, having a mentor can facilitate new ways of working by broadening your horizons through sharing experiences.