A mentor can play a vital role in assisting individuals at different stages of their academic path, whether that may be at GCSE, University or Graduate level to help achieve their full potential by overcoming barriers.  A mentor, having gone through similar experiences, offers personal development guidance which can help ease the transition between different stages of your progress.  The main focus of this scheme is to build a support system for those who require encouragement or simply for those who need someone to speak to. Due to the flexibility of the mentoring scheme, it will allow mentees to build and maintain a strong, reliable relationship with their mentors, hence making them feel at ease throughout their journey. The purposes of mentoring may be to empower the mentee, enable the mentee to find their own way through a situation and provide access to knowledge, situations or networks

The aim should always be to enable the mentee to develop their own skills, strategies and capability so that they are enabled to overcome their next barrier more effectively with or without the mentor’s presence.

Benefits of Mentoring

There are many benefits of a Good Mentoring Relationship both for the mentee and the mentor. Some of the benefits for the mentee might be:

  • Increased confidence
  • Realise and develop your potential
  • A confidential, trusting and equal relationship
  • Increased self awareness
  • Better employability
  • Strategies to overcome setbacks and obstacles

The Benefits of a Good Mentoring Relationship for Mentors might be:

  • A personal development opportunity
  • Experience of a new set of people and circumstances
  • An opportunity for professional development to build on existing skills and knowledge
  • The reward and satisfaction of enabling people to make positive changes and informed choices
  • The chance of meeting and sharing experiences with fellow mentors
  • An increase in self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness
  • A way of enhancing career opportunities
  • Access to training
  • An understanding of the issues facing other people
  • Create a new and exciting challenge