South Africa has one of the highest unemployment rate, we at MentorSoweto felt we need to educate people regarding Mentoring and its benefits. We read through many source and here with a definition which stood out form @wiki : Mentorship is 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 than the person being mentored, but she or he must have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn.
With that said, Mentoring is a relationship between two individuals based on a mutual desire for development towards career goals and objectives. A nation can not move forward if those in need still lack desire and guidance.
We want to share our tips how these relationships can work
1. Keep communications open.
Mentee: Be up front. Let your mentor know what your goals are and what you hope to take away from the program.
Mentor: Help your mentee set realistic expectations. Also, if you know you will be unavailable because of business or personal travel, let them know.
2. Offer support.
Mentee: Remember that your mentor is there for you, but is only a guide.
Mentor: Encourage communication and participation. Help create a solid plan of action.
3. Define expectations.
Mentee: Review your goals. Make sure your mentor knows what to expect from you.
Mentor: Help set up a system to measure achievement.
4. Maintain contact.
Mentee: Be polite and courteous. Keep up with your e-mails and ask questions.
Mentor: Respond to your e-mails. Answer questions and provide advice, resources and guidance when appropriate.
5. Be honest.
Mentee: Let your mentor know if you don’t understand something or have a differing opinion.
Mentor: Be truthful in your evaluations, but also be tactful.
6. Actively participate.
Mentee: Listen. Ask if you can observe your mentor’s practice if he/she is local.
Mentor: Engage in your own learning while you are mentoring, collaborate on projects, ask questions and experiment.
7. Be innovative and creative.
Mentee: Offer ideas on what activities and exercises you can do together.
Mentor: Share your ideas, give advice and be a resource for new ideas.
8. Get to know each other.
Mentee and Mentor: Remember that people come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Get to know each other on an individual basis.
9. Be reliable and consistent.
Mentee and Mentor: The more consistent you are, the more you will be trusted.
10. Stay positive!
Mentee: Remember that your mentor is offering feedback and not criticizing.
Mentor: Recognize the work the mentee has done and the progress made.