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Exploring career mentoring and coaching
Exploring career mentoring and coaching

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2.2 The G-STAR model

This model (Lowbridge, 2012, pp. 32–3) can provide a useful structure to mentoring conversations, particularly if the mentee is facing a specific issue or has a specific goal they want to achieve.

In Activity 2, you’ll investigate the different stages of the G-STAR model.

Activity 2 What does G-STAR stand for?

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

Choose what you think each letter stands for from the list of options

G options: Goals, Growth, Generate or Gaps?

S options: Situation, Strengths, Support or Steps?

T options: Thinking, Theory, Transition or Testimony?

A options: Actions, Achievements, Assets, Assumptions?

R options: Results, Reasons, Reality, Reactions?

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G = Goals S = Situation T = Thinking A = Actions R = Results

When using this model, the mentor will be exploring:

What are your Goals?

What Situation are you facing?

What is your Thinking at this time?

What Actions are you considering?

What Results will you achieve?

Other frameworks often used in mentoring are the GROW model, which you’ll explore in Week 7, and identifying SMART goals, which you’ll consider in more detail in Week 8.

Now that you have a better idea of what you want to discuss with a mentor and how that conversation might be structured, you’ll spend some time looking at how to find the right mentor for you.