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What Does Mentor Mean ?

Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.

The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but he or she must have a certain area of expertise.[1] It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn.[1] Interaction with an expert may also be necessary to gain proficiency with/in cultural tools.[2] Mentorship experience and relationship structure affect the "amount of psychosocial support, career guidance, role modeling, and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships in which the protégés and mentors engaged."[3]

what does mentor mean

The person in receipt of mentorship may be referred to as a protégé (male), a protégée (female), an apprentice or, in the 2000s, a mentee. The mentor may be referred to as a godfather or godmother[4][5] or a rabbi.[6]

"Mentoring" is a process that always involves communication and is relationship-based, but its precise definition is elusive,[7] with more than 50 definitions currently in use.[8] One definition of the many that have been proposed, is Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protégé)".[9]


Structured Mentoring

✓ Design a structure with session topics & questions.

✓ Different content for mentors, mentees or sessions.

✓ Let users schedule meetings using your structure.

Simple Mentoring

✓ Same feedback questions for all mentoring sessions.

✓ Mentee reserves time slots of the paired mentor.

✓ Or mentors/mentees schedule meetings directly.


✓ No program structure, selection or matching.

✓ Mentees reserve time slots of mentors.

✓ Mentees create meeting with any mentor any time

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