Mentorship -- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What do you mean by mentoring?

What kind of activities do mentors do?

What are the benefits to the mentor and the student?

What are the qualities of an ideal mentor?

What are the qualities of an ideal mentoring subject?

What do you mean by mentoring?

Mentoring is about supporting people to develop more effectively. It is a relationship based on trust, designed to build confidence and help a mentee to take increasing initiative for career development. Mentoring occurs when two individuals decide to work together to achieve specific objectives for skills growth and development. One individual has the skill, knowledge and experience that the other individual needs to acquire.

Mentoring helps students prepare for life after university by facilitating individual goal setting and achievement. It creates an environment to develop and practice important skills needed for the workplace. It contributes to a collaborative learning culture. It facilitates the possible identification of career choices and allows the student to get a practical and realistic picture of the working world. It enhances their skills and increases their network of contacts with individuals in their area of interest.

Ideal candidates for mentoring will be third- or fourth-year students who are interested in a mentoring relationship that allows them to commit time to self-assessment of their skills and career ambition. The mentoring relationship will allow them to create a plan of action to achieve their goals.

What kind of activities do mentors do?

Possible mentoring activities include:

What are the benefits to the mentor and the student?

Benefits to the mentor include:

Benefits to the student include:

What are the qualities of an ideal mentor?

What are the qualities of an ideal mentoring subject?