What is mentoring?

Clutterbuck and Megginson 1999 "Off-Line help by one person to another in making significant transitions in Knowledge, work or thinking"

Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers and is becoming increasingly popular as its potential is realised.

A mentor is a guide who can help a mentee find the right direction and who can help them to develop solutions to career issues. Mentoring provides the mentee with an opportunity to think about career options and progress. 

A mentor is someone who can help a learner through an important transition in

  • Learning – helping them to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Coping – with a new or difficult situation
  • Career Guidance
  • Personal growth – helping them take responsibility for themselves, their careers and development.

Mentors play a wide variety of roles.

  • Coach - helping someone acquire new skills
  • Career counsellor – listening and helping work out solutions
  • Networker – helping someone build connections
  • Facilitator – helping to set and achieve goals
  • Critical friend – providing support as well as constructively challenging
  • Sounding Board – someone to try ideas out on
  • Role model – providing an example from which others can learn.

For training on being a mentor, attend the mentoring course run by POD

Find a mentor

The WAMS “meet a mentor” events provide a great opportunity to network with other academics and to connect with mentors. Please see our future events to find out more.