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reviewing and evaluating - Scottish Mentoring Network

reviewing and evaluating - Scottish Mentoring Network

Introduction to the

Introduction to the Mentors DiaryNow that you are embarking on your role as a mentor, you may like to use this diaryto review and reflect on your experiences as part of your own development. Theremay be particular skills or insights that would be of use to other mentors, which youcan pass on. Having a record of what has happened at the time will make it mucheasier to do this.This is also a good time to reflect on what the purpose of your mentoringrelationship is, what you expect from it and to compare this against what actuallyhappens. You will then be able to assess whether you believe the relationship is asproductive as possible and how to address any areas that do not meet your originalobjectives. The maximum benefit will come from this being an outward lookingprocess that focuses on moving ahead. (Obviously you would wish to avoid dwellingon unimportant or irrelevant detail.)Getting the most from MentoringAs a mentor you will have your own ideas about your role. It is important that yougenuinely believe your mentee can develop and that you are a good person to helpthem. This process will be easier if you get on well and you are both able to handledifferences, and maybe even conflict, within your mentoring relationship.You may also wish to consider how you interpret the feedback you get from theyoung person. Why do you think they have chosen to continue working with you ?What does s/he get from being mentored by you that they might not get fromsomeone else ? In what ways has being a mentor changed your relationship withyour own family, friends and colleagues ? If you were being honest with yourself, doyou think you would both still choose to form this mentoring relationship, knowingwhat you now know ? If not what could each of you do so that you would ?Completing your diaryThere are many questions you could consider, and as many different aspects, whencompleting your diary. Clearly you will want to select particular events ordiscussions which you feel are significant about your experience as a mentor. Tohelp you do this, you may like to ask yourself the following main questions:• Why is this event important to our mentoring relationship ?• What did I learn ?• What development need, if any, does this suggest for myself ?• How else could I have acted to achieve the same or better results ?These will give you some insights into developing a range of mentoring skills andthis will help you to be of growing use to your mentee and others. Having answered200 Induction Training Programme for Volunteer Mentors The Scottish Care Leavers Mentoring Project

these questions, there would be different ways in which you could add to yourmentoring repertoire, for example :• Asking other mentors who already have, or would like to develop, this ability.• Joining a mentors forum.• Resource centres/open learning centres.• Discussion with your own mentor or other colleagues.(Remembering to maintain your commitment to your mentee's confidentiality)• Training courses.• Practising your new skill in a non-work, low-risk environment.• Include it in your own objectives within your personal development plan.Finally, mentoring is about continuous learning and this applies as much to skilledmentors as to their mentees. It should also be, and usually is, something that'sstimulating, rewarding and even fun.Adapted from: Hertfordshire TEC “Mentor’s Diary”Induction Training Programme for Volunteer Mentors The Scottish Care Leavers Mentoring Project201

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