Mentoring will help you as a Mentee to develop your full potential and achieve your goals, either in your personal or work-related life. It is rather more than 'giving advice', or passing on experience. It involves motivating and empowering the Mentee to identify their own issues and goals, and helping them to find ways of resolving or reaching them - not by doing it for them, or expecting them to 'do it the way I did it', but by understanding, respecting, suggesting, encouraging and supporting different ways of working.
The guide will support you in your role as a Mentee on the Horizon scheme, helping you get the most out of the experience.
What is Mentoring About?
Essentially, Mentoring provides a two way learning experience for both Mentor and Mentee. It is developed and designed by WIMUK to provide support, guidance and encouragement to people, based on the knowledge, life and experience of the others. A successful Mentoring Relationship should provide a development opportunity for both parties.
What Mentoring is not
Mentoring provides a two way learning opportunity for both the Mentee and Mentor. It is designed to provide support, guidance and encouragement to people being mentored, based on the knowledge, life and experience of the Mentor, primarily.[box style="rounded" border="full"]The WIMUK Horizon Mentoring Scheme is not about:
- Gaining a job or work experience;
- The Mentor making decisions or doing all the work;
- Completing assignments;
- Taking advantage of your Mentor;
- A social relationship.
Any person seen to demonstrating any of the above will be considered to be in breach of their agreement and terms of the Horizon scheme and may be fully suspended from the scheme.
What Makes a good Mentee?[box style="rounded" border="full"]A good Mentee is someone who is:
- Committed to their own professional development;
- Interested in finding ways to enhance their own professional and personal growth;
- Prepared to share aspirations and goals with a Mentor;
- Prepared to listen and learn the Mentors experience, suggestions, support and to act on the feedback given;
- Willing to take responsibility for setting the agenda in the Mentoring relationship, as they are the primary focus;
- Willing to take responsibility for the outcome and achievement of the relationship
- Committed to providing feedback on their experience and suggestions to further develop the Horizon programme when required.
What the Mentor does to support the Mentee?
If you are new to Mentoring you might wonder what exactly a Mentor might do with you during the sessions. The role of the Mentor is to support, guide and encourage the Mentee in developing the skills and to help them to focus on achieving they need for their own personal development.
We have provided a set of guidance notes for the working partnership which can be found by following this link Guidelines to the Stages of the Mentoring Programme. The relationship between the Mentee and Mentor and how it will work will be developed by agreement between the two parties.
If you would like to apply to take part as a Mentee on the Horizon Scheme, please complete this questionnaire....
Mentee Co-Ordination Team