What is Mentoring?
MENTORING is a structured process where an experienced individual (mentor) helps another person (mentee) to develop their goals & skills through time limited, confidential one to one conversations. It generally means to give advice and guidance to others by either helping newcomers settle in or in providing a role model for existing staff.
This enables staff to:
- Reflect on their current roles and identify areas for personal and professional development
- Enable them deliver to their potential in their role
- Progress in their careers
- Achieve a greater work life balance
Any staff member can avail of mentoring in UCC. There are several mentoring schemes - all have similar principles & goals and target difference staff audiences. They include but are not limited to:
- Newly appointed staff (Automatically assigned a mentor named on one’s contract of employment) An academic staff member on probation [mentee] meets at the end of year one with their Head and the form they discuss includes reference to having participated in mentoring
- Female Academic Mentoring
- Mentoring for Females
- Aurora Mentoring Scheme
- Mentoring & Researchers
UCC does not maintain a ‘mentor panel’ as any staff member can be a mentor in UCC, depending on experience, knowledge and skills.
What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?
- Advises & suggests
- Shares knowledge and experience
- Leads by example
- Gives examples and ideas
- Is usually more experienced (than mentee)
- Creates space to think
- Challenges beliefs, thoughts and behaviours
- Facilitates self-discovery
- Draws out (from coachee) examples and ideas
- Need not be an expert