Thursday, 18 July 2019

10 Reasons Why Mentorship Is Important

WHAT IS MENTORSHIP ?



Mentorship is relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but he or she must have a certain area of expertise. 

Mentorship also a learning process and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn. Interaction with an expert may also be necessary to gain proficiency with/in cultural tools. Mentorship experience and relationship structure affect the "amount of psychosocial support, career guidance, role modeling and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships in which the proteges and mentors engaged. 

The person in receipt of mentorship may be referred to as a protege (male), a protegee (female), an apprentice or in the 2000s called mentee. The mentor may be referred to as a godfather or godmother. 

"Mentoring" is a process that always involves communication and is relationship-based precise definition is elusive, with more than 50 definitions currently in use. One definition of the many that have been proposed is,

Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protege).

WHAT IS MENTOR AND MENTEE ROLES ?
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Phase 1 : Identifying Roles 

  • Have a clear understanding of why you want to be a mentor.
  • Mentor with a realistic assessment of your skills and experience


Phase 2 : Communicating Expectations 



  • Have a clear understanding of your expectations for your mentee
  • Clearly communicate those expectations
  • Stay flexible in changing expectations or plans
  • Create goals with milestones and deliverables
  • Adapts your feedback to your mentee's learning style
  • Be realistic about setting timeless
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Phase 3 : Working Together



  • Advise, don't dictate
  • Advise on what you know and admit the things you don't know
  • Give good examples
  • Recognize your mentee's weaknesses and build on his/her strengths
  • Offer constructive feedback
  • Evaluate progress
  • Be your mentee's supporter when he/she reaches his/her goals
  • Be consistent and reliable

Phase 4 : Meeting All The Goals



  • After mentoring is completed, follow up on successes
  • Provide an evaluation of the experience
  • Repeat the mentoring process with others.
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 MENTOR AND MENTEE ROLES 


Phase 1 : Identifying Roles 

  • Have a clear understanding of why you want to be mentored
  • Select a Mentor based on criteria relevant to your goals

Phase 2 : Communicating Expectations

  • Have a clear understanding of your expectations for your mentor
  • Clearly communicate those expectations.
  • Stay flexible in changing expectations or plans
  • Create goals with milestones and deliverables
  • Inform your mentor about your preferred learning style
  • Be realistic about setting timelines

Phase 3 : Working Together
  • Listen and contribute to the conversation
  • Understand that your mentor will not have all the answers
  • Accept constructive feedback
  • Set time aside for self-reflection
  • Evaluate progress
  • Celebrate success
  • Be consistent and reliable
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Phase 4 : Meeting All Of The Goals
  • Provide your mentor with updates after the mentoring is completed
  • Provide an evaluation of the experience
  • Say thank you
  • Give back to the profession and volunteer to become an AMTA mentor.


WHY MENTORSHIP IS IMPORTANT ?

1 - Mentors can see where we need to improve where we often cannot

2 - Mentors provide information and knowledge.

3 - Mentors offer encouragement and help keep us going.

4 - Mentors find ways to stimulate our personal and professional growth.

5 - Mentors are sounding boards so we can bounce ideas off them for an unfiltered opinion

6 - Mentors are disciplinarians that create necessary boundaries that we cannot set for ourselves.

7 - Mentors are trusted advisers.

8 - Mentors can be connectors.

9 - Mentors are free, which makes them priceless in more ways than one.

10 - Mentors have the experiences you can learn from to prevent making the same mistakes beginners make. 

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