What is mentoring?

IMG_0015A mentor is a person whose experience, knowledge, skills or wisdom is useful to someone with less of one or more of these attributes.

For example, I have mentored over 100 MA students searching for work placements in London cultural businesses. Most had limited sector work experience or knowledge.

However, I have also mentored very experienced senior managers who fully understand their business, but recognise me as someone with either additional or complementary knowledge, experience and skills that can help guide, advise, support and encourage during periods of personal and/or organisational development – often acting a sounding board or providing a reality check.