What can you expect from being mentored?

The section on What is mentoring? spends some time discussing what mentoring is, so you may find it useful to have a read of these pages and also those designed for mentors as this will give you an idea of what the principles of mentoring are.

The key points to recognise are that:

  • Mentors will facilitate your thinking. They won't tell you what to do.
  • You should expect a mentoring relationships based on trust, confidentiality, mutual respect and sensitivity.
  • Mentoring requires clear boundaries between the mentor and mentee which you should be involved in agreeing. 
  • Engagement with your mentor on an ongoing basis is crucial for the success of the scheme for all parties. Walking away when you have 'got what you need' from the scheme without any regard for the longer term relationships or the consequences for the mentor and the scheme organiser is to be avoided.
  • You will be expected to drive the relationship take increasing responsibility for your own self-reflection and development.
  • You will be encouraged to identify goals, challenges and set priorities.

What you can expect from a scheme will depend largely on why that scheme has been set up. At the University of Reading, the following aims are represented by schemes:

  • Supporting the journey into work.
  • Supporting the transition to university. 
  • Academic support.
  • Support in finding a place at university.
  • Support with emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • Improvement of social integration.
  • Improvement of communication between student year groups.

More generally, though, it is important to recognise that those students engaging in mentoring can benefit in a range of more generic ways too, such as increased confidence, raised aspirations and a more proactive approach to their lives. There can be some very clear outcomes from mentoring too. Depending on the scheme you may secure work experience, go on employer visits, improve your academic results, find new friends and so much more.

Please note that the Get Mentoring Handbook is directed at those looking to start up a business. However, it is useful to help understand what to expect from a mentor and how to get the most out of a mentoring relationship.

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