Mentor Application

A Mentor's Role
  • A mentor is a caring guide, a wise advisor, a partner on a journey, a trusted friend.
  • A mentor can serve as a mirror for another. They can show another who they are and all they can become.
  • A mentor is one who can help another feel comfortable in his/her own skin and appreciate his/her gifts while at the same time exposing him/her to new opportunities and modes of thinking.
  • What makes a mentor “a Mentor” is not that they are perfect or always know exactly what to say, but rather that they are able to form a strong connection with his/her mentee. This connection can serve as a catalyst for positive change and growth.

What is mentoring?

“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.”
Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring

Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in life and is becoming increasingly popular as its potential is realized. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) and it is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.

A mentor is a guide who can help the mentee to find the right direction and who can help them to develop solutions to life issues. Mentors rely upon feedback from the mentee regarding life experiences to gain empathy with the mentee and an understanding of their issues. Mentoring provides the mentee with an opportunity to think about life options and progress.

A mentor should help the mentee believe in him/herself and boost confidence. A mentor should ask questions and challenge, while providing guidance and encouragement. Mentoring allows the mentee to explore new ideas in confidence. It is a chance to look more closely at oneself, one’s issues, opportunities and what one wants in life. Mentoring is about becoming more self aware, taking responsibility one’s life and directing that life in the direction the mentee decides, rather than leaving it to chance.