The organiser of the mentoring program distributes regular newsletters to participating mentors to help them develop their skills and stay informed.  Lisa found this article particularly useful.  

       Mentoring Monthly Newsletter

             Keys to successful informal mentoring arrangements:

1. Be clear on what the mentee requires.

2. Assess whether you are the most suitable mentor for a
particular individual. If not, refer the mentee to a suitable

3. The level of involvement for each individual must be established,
clearly understood and communicated prior to agreeing to act as
a mentor.

4. Provide honest and open feedback and constructive advice.

5. Be clear what the person is doing and what they need to do to progress
their career and personal development.

6. Ensure you remain actively committed to supporting your mentee.

7. Plan ahead and ensure you organise your work priorities to make
contact with your mentee.

8. Send and email articles and information of interest to your mentee.

9. Actively encourage your mentee to participate in suitable courses,
workshops and other career development initiatives.

10. Actively support your mentee to apply for appropriate jobs.

11. Encourage your mentee to consider different perspectives on work.

12. Provide opportunities for self-reflection.

13. Be aware of the culture of the agencies where the mentee is working.

14. If acting as an advocate on behalf of a mentee, be sure to get the
perspectives from the key parties involved.

15. Challenge others’ perceptions of cultural beliefs.

16. Involve and support the mentee’s managers.

17. When dealing with workplace issues, deal with the person on a
one-to-one level. Foster collaborative problem-solving,
decision-making, team work and cultural awareness.


Spencer, C  2004, Mentoring Made Easy: A practical guide, Employment, Equity and Diversity, NSW Premier’s Department, Sydney, p.23.

If a  mentoring relationship is going to be successful, both parties must be aware of their responsibilities.
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