Process

Some mentoring relationships will last for years, while others have a finite (but useful) duration. We’ve found that agreeing to 3 conversations initially works well to promote rapid and focused learning and development.

When signing up, you can select if you’d like to be a mentor, mentee, or both.

Read our article on the APM Blog here.

Read more about the step-by-step process below.

Expectations

The Mentor Role

A mentor is an individual willing to share experiences, knowledge and wisdom with an individual looking to grow, learn and develop. A mentee may provide one or more goals they wish to work on in relation to work or life with their mentor. Good behaviours of a mentor as an example are:

  • A good listener
  • Observant, may be good at helping to problem solve
  • Staying neutral – avoiding blame
  • Being willing to discuss, debate and collaborate
  • Asking challenging questions
  • Offering advice and guidance but not making decisions on behalf of the mentee
  • Being open, honest and respectful
  • Helping to ‘open doors’ for mentees (new connections, network etc.)
  • Sharing life and working experiences 
  • Being aware of the commitment made to the mentor/mentee relationship and adhering to this. Rescheduling in good time should the session require cancellation
The Mentee Role

A mentee is an individual seeking guidance and support by a mentor. A mentee shall decide their specific goals in which they wish to achieve working with their mentor and how they anticipate to receive this support. Good behaviours of a mentee as an example are:

  • Being open, honest and respectful
  • Being willing to step outside of a comfort zone in order to develop
  • Creating goals a mentor will be able to help with (a SMART format may be advantageous)
  • Preparing for mentoring sessions, timely attendance and rescheduling in good time should the session require cancellation

When considering a mentor, think about:

  • Communication style – is their communication style a good fit?
  • Availability – ensure that their availability is compatible with yours. Knowledge – do they have experience and skills that you could learn from? 
  • Network – are their connections going to be useful to you? 

Four Step Process

Step 1: Register

Register with us via the Registration Form to begin the process as either a mentor or mentee.

  • Mentees: you will get instant access to the list of potential Mentors and you can go ahead with Step 2.
  • Mentors: your submission needs approval from the admin before it appears on the platform. You will receive an email once this has been done. You can alter your details after.

Step 2: Selecting / Accepting

Mentees: 

  • After registering, you can now browse the My Project Mentor platform to find a mentor that seems like a good fit. 
  • Make sure to read through the bio’s, connect with a potential mentor on LinkedIn and contact them to arrange an initial chat. 
  • We advise that you arrange an initial conversation to ensure that you are compatible:
    • number, frequency and format of sessions
    • aims and objectives for the mentee
    • share experience and background 
    • work on building rapport early on

Mentors: 

  • Once approved, log back into the platform and follow the instructions to add a photo, and select whether or not you would like your email address to be shared.
  • Be prepared to receive requests to connect on LinkedIn and messages to arrange an initial conversation. 
  • Having made contact, if you do not see compatibility with the mentee, please inform them so that they may resume their search for a compatible mentor. 
  • Once you have been paired with a mentee please log back into your profile and follow the instructions to state that you are no longer available as a mentor.

Step 3: Get Mentoring!
  • Once connected, it’s up to the Mentor and Mentee to make the most of the opportunity, but we are always available to help.
  • If the arrangement isn’t fulfilling your expectations, let us know and we’ll do what we can to assist you.
  • We suggest that you have a conversation (by phone, messenger or via video conferencing) at least once a month, meeting up to 3 times.

Step 4: Time to Move On
  • Some mentoring relationships will last for years, while others have a finite (but useful) duration. 
  • We’ve found that agreeing to 3 conversations works well. When the arrangement loses its value, we recommend that you either change the engagement or end it.
  • If you decide not to continue, please log back into the platform and make yourself available again by following the instructions to pair with a new Mentor/Mentee.
  • Finish with style – make it a positive act and reflect on what you’ve both learned. Don’t simply let the experience fade without taking something from it.

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