An Overview of Mentoring

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Mentoring: An Overview Q1. An explanation that includes a definition of mentoring and at least 3 purposes Mentoring is defined as an informal transference of knowledge between an expert and a neophyte. The mentor is said to have greater knowledge either in a particular field or of general, human qualities that he or she wants to transfer to the mentee. (PowerPoint 1: Slide 3). The purposes of mentoring include supporting professional development within an organization; identifying and nurturing an employee's emerging talents, and teaching employees professional standards. Mentoring can be used to 'stretch' the talents of the mentee and even help to develop the talents of the mentor him or herself. Both parties can learn from the exchange (PowerPoint 1: Slide 11). Q2. An explanation of at least 3 different models of mentoring and at least 3 merits of each With one-on-one mentoring, there is a "focused, structured relationship driven by the mentee's personal objectives and development" (PowerPoint 1: Slide 14). It can provide the mentee with consistent, ongoing support tailored to his or her independent needs either through an employer or professional or trade association.Mentoring is designed to give workers training and on-going support and "help broaden the perspective and increase the contacts of a less experienced mentee" (PowerPoint 1: Slide 14). In this classical mentoring relationship, the mentoring is an ongoing endeavor and the mentee is much less
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