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Exploring career mentoring and coaching
Exploring career mentoring and coaching

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Week 4: Understanding mentoring


Welcome to Week 4 of the course.

Last week you focused on rapport-building, listening and questioning – some of the core skills required by mentors and coaches. You also looked at how mentoring and coaching relationships can go wrong.

This week, you’ll focus specifically on mentoring in the workplace.

You’ll explore what it is and why it works, and learn about the different ways in which mentoring can support and enhance an individual’s career.

Now watch the following video to introduce the week.

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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • describe the various phases of a mentoring relationship
  • recognise the benefits of mentoring
  • identify some of the misconceptions about mentoring.

You’ll start with a brief overview of the history of mentoring.