How mentoring young people can benefit them and you
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Find out more about the nuts and bolts of mentoring
A 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, but have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn.
Most initiatives and programmes will support you in your preparation, either through training, toolkits, guides or a relevant contact that you can speak to throughout your mentoring commitment.
This usually depends on you and how much time you can spare. Depending on the initiative, you might be asked for an agreed commitment which could be as little as one hour per week.
This will depend on the mentoring initiative or programme you choose to participate in. Matching can be done through availablility, location, requirements or interests. You can find out more from the initiatives websites.
Experience of mentoring young people can be advantageous but not mandatory. You could always learn something new through this process yourself.
This is dependent on the mentoring programme you choose: Face-to-face mentoring would require you to live nearby. E-mentoring only requires both parties to have a working internet connection.
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