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What makes a good mentor?


noun: an experienced and trusted adviser

verb: advise or train


Mentoring is a partnership where a more experienced mentor shares their knowledge and expertise with a less experienced mentee. There is no requirement of previous mentoring experience to act as a mentor. Mentors need not be experts in their field, as someone in the early stages of their career can mentor someone wishing to enter or be promoted in an industry or move forward in their academic sphere. The mentee is encouraged, challenged and supported by the mentor to learn and grow.


Become a mentor – 8 key skills:

  • Reliable, honest, and trustworthy to keep things confidential
  • Willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude, motivate and inspire
  • Active listening
  • Provide guidance and constructive feedback with diplomacy
  • Values the opinions and initiatives of others
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Compassion and genuineness


Benefits for mentors

  • Satisfaction in helping others
  • Supporting STEMM
  • Develop your own skills and career progression
  • Gain a new perspective
  • Develop business networks, new networks
  • Leadership training



Back to the CamAWiSE Pilot Mentoring Programme

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