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Benefits of Mentoring

Some guidance on some of the benefits from mentoring, for both mentors and mentees
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What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a process in which an experienced individual (Mentor) helps another person (Mentee) develop his or her goals and skills through a series of time-limited, confidential, one-on-one conversations and other learning activities. 

It’s about motivating and empowering and helping the other person understand themselves and their aims – and how they can get there. It's also about helping each other resolve issues, whether directly or more often through advice and sharing experiences. It is not an offer of employment or work experience nor will the mentor do the work for you, it is up to the mentee to drive the relationship.

There are many different kinds of mentoring, from informal to formal. An informal mentoring relationship is spontaneous (think of times you have been helped by someone more experienced than you without explicitly asking to be mentored). A formal mentoring relationship is intentional, with clear goals and agreements about the nature of the relationship.

The IDS Alumni Network Mentoring & Advice Programme facilitates formal mentoring relationships between alumni and/or students. We have three schemes to help you do this, and you can find out more using the links below. 

  1. Ask An Alum, for quick one-off mentoring sessions aimed at learning a key piece of information of skill
  2. Matched Mentoring, an adminstrator matches mentors and mentees for a 6-month period
  3. Group Mentoring, where one mentor works with several mentees in a group

Benefits of mentoring for mentees

  • Access information and advice from an experienced professional in a job or sector you are pursuing
  • Discover your strengths and develop new skills
  • Explore what you do and don’t want/like - discover what you do and don't need to be happy in your career
  • Increase your knowledge and confidence to have a clearer career direction and reach your aspirations
  • Gain key skills such as understanding how to communicate, or how to lead
  • Build your professional network, which will help you make informed decisions

Benefits of mentoring for mentors

  • Gain a new perspective and ideas from a recent IDS graduate or student
  • Have a rewarding experience knowing that your advice has helped a new IDS graduate or student progress, and help shape the future leaders of global development
  • Have the opportunity to build your leadership skills, developing your ability to motivate and encourage others.

Find out more about the IDS Alumni Network Mentoring & Advice Programme

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