Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but they must have a certain area of expertise.

It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn. Interaction with an expert may also be necessary to gain proficiency with cultural tools.

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    Mentor-ship experience and relationship structure affect the “amount of psycho-social support, career guidance, role modeling and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships in which the proteges and mentors engaged”.

    Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psycho-social support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protege).

    techniques among mentors were:

    1. Accompanying:the mentor participates in the learning process alongside the learner and supports them.
    2. Sowing:the mentor gives initially unclear or unacceptable advice to the learner that has value in a given situation.
    3. Catalyzing:the mentor chooses to plunge the learner right into change to provoke a different way of thinking, a change in identity or a re-ordering of values.
    4. Showing:the mentor teaches the learner by demonstrating a skill or activity.
    5. Harvesting:the mentor assesses and defines the utility and value of the learner’s skills.

Multiple mentors

A new trend is for a learner to have multiple mentors. Having more than one mentor can expand the learner’s knowledge, as different mentors may have different strengths.

Profession or trade mentor

This is someone who is currently in the trade or profession the learner is entering. They know the trends, important changes, and new practices that newcomers should know to stay at the top of their career. A mentor like this would be someone a learner can discuss ideas with and also provides the learner the opportunity to network with other individuals in the trade or profession.

Organization mentor

Politics in the organizations are constantly changing. It is important to be knowledgeable about the values, strategies, and products that are within the organization, and when they change. An organization mentor can give clarity when needed, for example, on missions and strategies.

Technology mentor

Technology has been rapidly improving and becoming more a part of day-to-day transactions within companies. A technology mentor can help with technical breakdowns, advise on systems that may work better than what the learner is currently using, and coach them in using new technology.

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