Information for Mentors
Mentoring is one of the most rewarding professional activities you can be involved in. Mentors invariably get as much or more out of the experience than those they are mentoring.
For Mentors, the ITP Mentoring Programme can:
- Bring you satisfaction from contributing to the Mentee's development
- Further develop your own mentoring and leadership skills
- Bring opportunities to reflect upon and articulate your role
- Can contribute to your annual CPD requirement
ITP mentoring is the perfect opportunity to give back to the professional community whilst simultaneously helping progress your own professional career.
What is a Mentor?
A Mentor is an experienced IT professional who undertakes an active interest in the career development of what is often (but not always) a younger or perhaps less experienced individual in the same profession.
It's important to differentiate Mentoring from Coaching - Mentors should not attempt to advise Mentees directly, but should assist their Mentees to come to their own conclusions as to how best achieve their goals.
Responsibilities of an ITP Mentor
The following are the responsibilities of a Mentor under the ITP programme:
- With your Mentee, decide on the goals of the individual relationship
- Meet with your Mentee once a month, or as agreed. There is a commitment to meet at least 10 times during the 12 month programme
- With your Mentor decide how contact will occur. For example, face-to-face meetings, phone conversations, email or video calls
- Keep the agreed contact commitment
- Respect confidentiality
- Be a good listener and communicate with the Mentee
- Provide guidance and offer relevant advice, encourage your Mentee to find a solution to a problem or issue themselves
- Help your Mentee explore career development opportunities
- Be aware of your own professional knowledge and notify the ITP Mentoring team if you feel the relationship is not the right match
Note that you are not liable for what your Mentee says or does as a result of the mentoring relationship.
Eligibility of Mentors
To take part in the programme, Mentors:
- Must be Associate or Full Members of ITP
- Must have studied the ITP Mentoring Guide and participated in a Mentor induction with ITP
- Attend periodic training and networking sessions (this will include Mentors getting together and talking about lessons learnt and attending events about mentoring with guest speakers etc.)
How The Programme Works
What does it cost?
There is no cost for Mentors to take part in the programme, other than a commitment of time.