"Once a Mentor, Always a Mentor"


A mentor is a person who oversees the career and development of another person, usually a junior, through teaching, counseling, provides psychological support, protecting and at times promoting or sponsoring”.        D Clutterbuck


A mentor acts as a coach, advising and teaching the nuts and bolts, giving feedback, rehearsing strategies. He/she provides you with exposure, visibility and sponsorship, helping open doors. Mentors take the blame for your mistakes, acting as protectors until you’re established enough to shoulder criticism on your own…. Adapted from McPartland 1985

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is the process occurring between individuals of differing levels of experience and expertise which incorporates interpersonal or psychological development, educational and/career development and socialisation functions into the relations. - C N Carmin.


Mentoring, to be successful, requires time in which both partners can learn about one another and build a climate of trust that creates an environment in which the mentoree can feel secure in sharing the real issues that impact his or her success. Jooti Atkins

e-Mentoring is one of the facets of mentoring. e-Mentoring can be explained as a process where a mentee and a mentor communicate via ICT technologies for career and personal development. Wonga Ntshinga

Who Benefits?

Mentoring is beneficial not only to the mentee, but also to the mentorJ. Rudolph


One of my mentors, the late Howard Shenson, once told me that, to be successful in business, you should listen 80% of the time and talk only 20% of the time - Robert W. Bly

When and How to Meet?

Some mentors prefer to meet in person at a set time, such as once a week, to discuss progress on an established list of goals. Others prefer to answer questions over the phone or via e-mail. Angela Morris (How to leave a mentor without burning bridges)

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