By Jan Murray on Wednesday 8th Nov 2017
Student and staff mentoring programs are becoming increasingly popular and rightly so, a good mentoring program can have benefits for mentee, mentor and the organisation who instigates the mentoring program.
However, because so many people do have such a good experience of mentoring, with positive outcomes and great relationships being developed there can be a tendency to think mentoring is easy and effortless.
This could not be further from the truth. Just like the athlete who smashes a record, mentoring excellence is the result of careful planning and attention to detail.
Excellent mentoring is the result of thorough planning and preparation and this can so often be overlooked.
Excellent mentoring programs start with a planned purpose. Both the individuals involved and the organisation responsible for bringing them together need to have clear aims, objectives, goals and outcomes from the outset. These are the foundations that underpin the whole process, keeping people on track to produce meaningful results.
You will need to reach out to the people who could be mentors and those who will be mentees, as well as others who may have an influence, such as managers and peers who could either support mentoring or make it difficult.
At this point you will need to develop a multi-channel communication plan to be implemented before, during and after the mentoring program.
At this stage you need to plan a process for recruiting, selecting, educating and training participants.
Ideally, the program should include mentor training, mentee training and resources to support the mentoring journey.
Mentoring can be very beneficial. Planning and preparation are the key to making sure mentoring works.