"A great mentor isn’t one that solves your problems but one that provides perspective based on their experiences and encourages exploring various solutions." Mentoring pilot interview with Yemo Guo
Like any professional relationship, maintaining a successful mentoring partnership requires commitment, enthusiasm and a sense of common purpose.
Maintaining this unique professional relationship requires trust, respect, confidentiality, commitment and a willingness to challenge and be challenged.
The best approach is usually a mix of formal and informal interaction focused on professional career issues and challenges. No matter the preferred approach, whether it is formal or informal, a successful mentoring partnership is built on trust, respect and confidentiality.
After you've determined the objectives of your mentoring partnership and defined some goals, the next step is to work together to create activities that will help you achieve them. For example, if your objective is to improve skillsets, you may wish to practise a specific career-related skill.
Once you have met a few times and laid out how the programme will work best for both of you, take a pulse check to see if you are on track. Determine if your initial 1-3 goals are the right ones or alter as you need to.
“There is an element of giving back and providing advice to those who come after you, in the same way you were provided mentorship when you were developing.” NZLS Mentoring Programme - Victoria Rea, Solicitor at Wilson Harle