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.
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.
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 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.