Introduction for Mentors
This is the Mentors page for our Mullany e-Mentoring project, which tries to explain a bit more about what mentors do, and what our expectations of them are, if they sign up.
Mentors who have been involved in the project before have included paramedics, physiotherapists, doctors, midwives, childcare workers, nurses, bio medical scientists, vets, dentists, and many more!
How does it work?
The project supports young people through online mentoring. Everything is done online, a bit like instant messaging.
Any young person who signs up will be matched with an expert in the area that they’re considering for a career. This expert is called a mentor. The young person is then known as a mentee.
Over a period of 10 weeks (we call this an e-Mentoring Session), the mentee is allowed to ask questions about anything, but typically includes:
- studying, managing exams
- which options to take
- help to decide where they might want to work in the future
- different ways of reaching their chosen career
- what it is like to be at university or work in a certain profession
- writing personal statements for university
Things you should know
Number of mentees
As a mentor, you may be assigned up to 3 mentees.
Please only sign up if you can commit to sending your mentee(s) at least one message per week. Having regular contact encourages the mentee to remain engaged, which is key to the programme!
If you know that you are going to be on holiday during the session dates, or if you know you are going to be somewhere where e-mail is intermittent, we would be grateful if you could wait to sign up in a future session.
A fast start is good
Sending a message in the first few days of the session is really important. Many mentees check the site as soon as the session starts, and if there is no message, they lose interest quickly!
Sometimes you won’t be allocated a mentee
Please don’t be disappointed if we are unable to find you a mentee. It depends on who signs up to the programme, what their interests are and how many mentors there are who have this interest. Please do not let this put you off as we need a wide ranging mentor bank!
Your mentee may not respond
Sometimes, your mentee will not engage well. We do try and encourage mentee engagement throughout the programme, but this sometimes happens, as a mentee may sign up and then decide that they are not interested after all. We hope that this will not put you off being a mentor, we need you!