Counselling and Mentoring

1336 WordsSep 18, 20086 Pages
Methods to improve personal and professional skills • Explain the difference between counseling and mentoring. Give examples of each in your answer Counseling is one of the methods used to offer advice and assist with the development of members of staff in an organization. It is not only limited to personal matters affecting members of staff but can also be used to assist with the professional development of individuals and can help to steer one in the right direction in terms of business development. Business development counseling may involve providing advice on accessing finance, marketing, human resources, operations management and feasibility studies. Counseling is a very important aspect of management specifically in…show more content…
Counseling can be used to address psycho-social as well as performance issues while mentoring does not seek to resolve any underlying psychological problems. It assumes a person does not require a psycho-social intervention. The counseling agenda is generally agreed by the individuals and the counselor while the mentorship agenda is typically set by the individual but in agreement/consultation with the organization. In counseling other stakeholders are rarely involved whilst in mentoring other individuals are always involved. • Identify three professional development skills that help you to meet your personal or organizational goals and objectives. Professional development is the process by which a person maintains the quality and relevance of professional services throughout his/her working life. It has been defined by the Institute for Continuing Professional Development as “the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and the development of personal qualities necessary for the education of professional and technical duties throughout the practitioner's working life.' It follows that we have an ethical responsibility as professional materials technologists to continue our professional development throughout our careers. Professional development is not a product, devised by training providers and academic institutions. It is a mindset, a habit to acquire. Professional development requires

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