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Each person is his or her life needs a proper guidance and path for the achievement of success and no one is capable to achieve their goals without anybody’s guidance. Therefore, here comes the concept of mentorship which plays a major role in each of our lives.

MENTORSHIP is the influence, guidance or direction given by a mentor. A Mentorship is a relationship between two people where the individual with more experience, knowledge and connections is able to pass along what they have learned to a more junior individual with a certain field.

Interaction with an expert may also be necessary to gain proficiency with cultural tools. Mentorship experience and relationship structure affect the ‘amount of psychosocial support, career guidance, role modeling relationships in which the mentors are engaged.’

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 knowledge, wisdom or experience and a person who is perceived to have less.

MENTOR is someone who helps you grow your skills, make better decisions and gain new perspectives on life and career. Mentor has a professional and life experience and voluntarily agrees to help a mentee develop skills, competencies or goals. Put another way, a Mentor is an advisor and role model who is willing to invest in the mentee’s personal growth and professional development.

There are different types of mentors, such as:

MULTIPLE MENTORS- A new trend is for a learner to have multiple mentors. Having more than one mentor can expand the learner’s knowledge as different mentors may have different strengths.

PROFESSION OR TRADE MENTOR- This is someone who is currently in the trade or profession the learner is entering. They know the trends, important changes, and new practices that newcomers should know to stay at the top of their career. A mentor like this would be someone a learner can discuss ideas with and also provides the learner the opportunity to network with other individuals in the trade or profession.

INDUSTRY MENTOR-This is someone who does not only focus on the profession and can give insight on the industry as a whole, such as research, development or key changes.

ORGANIZATION MENTOR-Politics in the organizations are constantly changing. It is important to be knowledgeable about the values, strategies and products that are within the organization and when they change. An organization mentor can give clarity when needed.

WORK PROCESS MENTOR-This mentor can cut through unnecessary work, explain the “ins and outs” of projects and day to day tasks and eliminate unnecessary things in the learner’s work day. The mentor can help finish tasks quickly and efficiently.

TECHNOLOGY MENTOR-Technology has been rapidly improving and becoming more part of day to day transactions within companies. A technology mentor can help with technical breakdowns, advise on systems that may work better than what the learner is currently using and coach them in using new technology.