What is mentoring and what are the benefits?
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a relationship that leads to insight, decisions, planning and action. It is used for both professional and personal development. It strengthens knowledge and skills and builds capability.
A mentoree is someone who wants to develop her knowledge and skills in a particular area. A mentoree is the driver of the mentoring relationship.
A mentor is someone who guides and stimulates an individual's reflection and actions for improved personal and professional outcomes.
Mentors and mentorees are willing to become part of a supportive and diverse community of learners, open to sharing experience, vulnerability, and expertise.
Benefits of mentoring
- Discover and develop your talents and skills
- Develop decision-making and problem-solving skills
- Build self-confidence
- Discuss your career aspirations and options
- Set goals and strategies for achieving them
- Receive feedback on your ideas
- Receive encouragement and support
- Gain a new or different perspective on study and career options in STEM
- Be challenged, use talents and share expertise
- Network and expand contacts with professionals and other students in STEM
- Learn new skills and extend knowledge and ability
- Access a variety of resources
- Participation in our program can count toward a New England Award.
- Provide encouragement and support to others
- Help others discover and develop their talents and skills
- Discuss their career aspirations and options
- Act as a positive role model
- Help build your profession
- To give something back
- Be challenged, use your talents and share expertise
- Network and expand your contacts (professionals and academics in STEM)
- Develop your own leadership and/or mentoring capabilities
- Learn new skills that extend your knowledge and ability
- Reflect on your own career path
- Personal satisfaction
- Refresh your thinking and attitudes.