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

Mentoree Benefits
  • 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.
Mentor benefits
  • 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.