Mentoring Process

What is mentoring?

“Mentoring is advising, teaching, counseling and role modeling.  Formal mentoring matches a senior or more experienced person—the mentor—to a junior or less experienced person—the mentee.

Mentors focus on a mentee’s achievements, success in school and preparation for the workforce through a one-to-one relationship that is non-threatening and non-judgmental to both parties.

It is a relationship that changes over time as each grows, learns, and gains experiences in the relationship.”

Types of Mentoring

•          Peer Mentoring

–        Mentor/mentee—similar ages

–        Mentor experience > mentee experience

•          Group Mentoring

–        Multiple mentees

•          Professional Mentoring

–        Major difference in life experience

Foundations of Mentoring

Attributes —The mentor will demonstrate

  1. Strong performances and continuous improvement on each performance that they mentor
  2. Ability to grow the performance abilities of mentees
  3. Professional behavior and attitudes
  4. Commitment to improving the enriched learning environment project—both the team and the overall environment

•          Clearly defined educational goals

–        Measurable elements of engineering performance

•          Clearly defined expectations

–        For the professors

–        For the mentors

–        For the mentees

•          Mentor Training

–        Mentoring is a learned performance (not an innate skill)

HOW TO SELECT PROMISING MENTORS

Effective mentors share a number of characteristics. The profile sketched below is based on a synthesis of observations described by many mentors and authors. While any single mentor may not possess all of the characteristics, effective mentors have many of these qualities:

Knowledge of Their Field

  • They are considered by peers to be experts in the field.
  • They set high standards for themselves.
  • They enjoy and are enthusiastic about their field.
  • They continue to update their background in the field.

Demonstrated Skills in Their Field

  • Their work demonstrates superior achievement.
  • They use a variety of techniques and skills to achieve their goals.

Earned Respect of Colleagues

  • They listen to and communicate effectively with others.
  • They exhibit a good feeling about their own accomplishments and about the profession.
  • They recognize excellence in others and encourage it.
  • They are committed to supporting and interacting with their colleagues.
  • They are able to role-play others and understand their views.
  • They enjoy intellectual engagement and like to help others.
  • They are sensitive to the needs of others and generally recognize when others require support, direct assistance or independence.
  • They exercise good judgment in decisions concerning themselves and the welfare of others.

Some Characteristics of a Good Mentor

  • Approachable and welcoming
  • Shares information and experiences openly
  • Good communication skills
  • Trustworthy
  • Provides accurate and appropriate feedback
  • Technical expertise
  • Motivating, encouraging, positive and empowering
  • Allocates appropriate time to mentoring
  • Sensitive to the needs of the coach/official

The Mentoring Process

  • Goal setting
  • Observation
  • Analysis
  • Providing feedback
  • Action planning
  • Review
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