Benefits of mentoring
Mentoring is an instrument with a broad variaty of implementations in the society. It is a form of coaching and networking and makes an essential contribution to the growth and success of an individual. Mentoring provides recognition and acknowledgement. It provides role modelling, stimulus and personal attention to the participants. The participants - mentees - achieve their goals faster when they feel supported and encouraged by someone who has travelled a similar path before. Students make use of the success strategies of the mentor. The strength of mentoring lies in the fact that all parties benefit from it. The mentee gains confidence and has the feeling of not standing alone. The mentor develops skills as a leader, trainer and coach.
Mentoring brings an additional encouragement for participating youth to realise their career ambitions and life aspirations. If students lack a positive role model and personal attention in their existing private network, a mentor can help with dilemmas in the field of personal leadership, education or career. A mentor has the role of counsellor, guide, coach, teacher and sponsor.
These role models are a key factor for success. Due to the mentoring relationship, the mentees learn to see that study and work belong to real possibilities. They become motivated to continue rather than to give up. They make conscious decisions for their future.
Mentoring helps deliver positive outcomes
Mentoring is applicable in diverse cultural settings. It is a practical approach:
- Voluntary and responsible contribution to the development of a person;
- Mentee-Mentor relationships with reciprocal value;
- A new form of apprenticeship.
Mentoring is scalable and has social impact
Effectiveness increases with implementing proven methods and tools. Quality improves through scaffolding, specific training, and good programme management. There are best practices and methods available that can be turned into training and implementation approaches for regions and cities that want to become more vital and productive.
A role in European challenges
Mentoring can play an important role in tackling diverse urgent societal and economic challenges, such as:
- Social inclusion and cohesion
- Active and responsible citizenship
- Decrease of school drop-outs
- Talent development
- Utilizing experience expertise
- Sustainable employability
- Strengthening entrepreneurship
- Intercultural and intergenerational cooperation
- lifelong learning