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.
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
- 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
- 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.