Exploring career mentoring and coaching
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Exploring career mentoring and coaching

Week 5: How can mentoring help me?


Welcome to Week 5 of the course.

Last week you focused on how mentoring works. You considered the phases of a mentoring relationship and explored the benefits to all those involved. You also looked at some common misconceptions about mentoring.

This week, you’ll look at what mentoring can do for you. You’ll explore typical goals and objectives, and look at some of the models a mentor might use to structure your discussions. You’ll also focus on how to find the right match between a mentor and mentee, and finish by learning how you could become a mentor yourself.

Now watch the following video to introduce the week.

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Continuing your focus on mentoring, this week you'll look more practically at the goals and objectives that a mentor could help you with. You'll learn about some of the models a mentor might use to structure your discussions, such as the 5C model. Using this, your mentor will take you through challenges, choices, consequences, creative solutions, and conclusions. Next, you'll consider how to find the right mentor. Evidence suggests that if you find them yourself, you will have a more successful mentoring experience. Sometimes your employer will already have a scheme. If not, there are lots of ways to identify and approach relevant individuals. The last section this week is all about becoming a mentor yourself. Is this something you've considered? You'll think about who you could mentor, and you'll learn about building your skills and the potential benefits to your own career.
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • identify the goals and objectives that a mentor can help you with
  • find the right mentor for your needs
  • describe how you might become a mentor yourself.

You’ll start this week with a look at typical mentoring goals and objectives.


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