Mentoring - what are the benefits to mentees? Part 3

Susan Buglass

Susan Buglass

Mar 31 — 1 min read
Potential to expand professional networks<br /> Photo by <a href="" target="_blank">Alina Grubnyak</a> on <a href="" target="_blank">Unsplash</a>

Potential to expand professional networks
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Apply learning from other activities

While participating in a mentoring partnership, the mentee may also be involved in other learning and development activities.

The mentoring meeting, and the involvement of the mentor, provide the opportunity to discuss the development activities, what was gained from them and how they can be usefully applied to the current and long-term development goals of the mentees.

This provides a really useful touchstone for reviewing and capitalising on learning from personal and professional development, which could otherwise be left to drift.

Expand networks

One of the oft-cited benefits of mentoring is that it can help participants to extend their professional (or even social) networks.

If a particular issue arises, where the mentor lacks knowledge or experience, the mentor may well know of someone else who could help, and with the mentees agreement, broker an introduction.

In this way, the mentor can introduce the mentee to a wider network of contacts.

Learning from the experience

The mentee can also learn from the mentoring experience itself. The mentoring process, however it works in an individual partnership, can inform the mentees thinking and equip them with approaches which they can then use in life and work to mentor other people, whether formally or informally.

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