Information for Potential Mentors
Mentoring is one of the most rewarding professional activities you can be involved in and Mentors invariably get as much or more out of the experience than those they are mentoring.
The Mentors, the ITP Mentoring Programme can:
- Bring satisfaction from contributing to the Mentee's development
- Assist in development of mentoring and leadership skills
- Bring opportunities to reflect upon and articulate their role
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 a 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 to achieve their goals.
The ITP Mentoring Programme
The IITP Mentoring Programme matches Mentors and Mentees, provides guidance and support for Mentors, and helps manage the mentoring relationship over time.
The programme is built around "professional development" or career-focused mentoring - helping Mentees set clear career goals and objectives, understand that they have the ability to achieve these, and put a plan in place to do so.
In a mentoring relationship, the Mentor and Mentee:
- Identify objectives, goals, and developmental needs
- Define and establish a plan to accomplish the Mentees goals
- Meet regularly in person or via phone to review and evaluate progress
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 with your Mentee. There is a commitment to meet at least 10 times during the 12 month programme
- With your Mentee decide how contact will occur. For example, face-to-face meetings, phone conversation, or some other form of internet communication such as Skype
- 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 IITP Mentoring team if you feel the relationship is not the right match
- Mentors volunteer their time, however receive free mentoring guidance and training material
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 Full Members of ITP (MIITP or above)
- Must have studied the ITP Mentoring Guidance for Mentors and participated in a Mentor Preparation Discussion with ITP
- Attend periodic refresher sessions (this will include Mentors getting together and talking about lessons learnt and attending events about mentoring with guest speakers etc.)
What does it cost?
There is no cost for Mentors to take part in the programme, other than a commitment of time. The full Mentoring Guidance document is provided free for those participating in the programme.
You can apply to be an IITP Mentor now!