This program is designed to further enhance your one-to-one sessions by providing interactive exercises, inspiration, case studies and topics you may want to explore before your monthly meeting. Each month covers a different topic that can guide your conversations and structure your meetings. You will be given access to each topic on a monthly basis allowing you to review and reflect on past discussions and outcomes. Outcomes from the monthly activities will be found in My Journey (mentee only).
My Journey is a summary of all the monthly activities completed by the mentee throughout the program. You can download My Journey and print your notes at any time. We recommend that at the end of your program you download and save a summary of the outcomes.
You will only be able to see your current and past months. Future month topics will be unlocked as you progress through your mentoring journey.
Your mentee/mentor’s contact details are located in the navigation bar – top right of the dashboard.
All participants receive a unique log-in to access their own dashboard. Mentors will not be able to see their mentee’s dashboard except for goals. The 10 chosen goals (from month 1 onwards) will show on both the mentor and mentee’s dashboard.
Mentee’s are encouraged to share insights or My Journey activity outcomes with their mentor during meetings.
Organisations do not have access to any individual dashboards. For technical and administration purposes, McCarthy Mentoring will be able to view dashboards if needed. All information is strictly confidential.
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While this program is designed to be actioned on a monthly basis, the start and finish date will depend on each organisation. Many company-wide programs are launched and completed at the same time. Please review your organisation’s program details on the welcome dashboard.
No, this is an online program designed to be accessed via the website at a time and location convenient to you. Your unique log-in and weblink will be sent to you via email by McCarthy Mentoring at the start of the program.
No. Mentees can choose which activities to complete.
No. This program is designed to support and guide you during your one2one relationship, not replace it. We recommend reviewing your monthly topic, watching the inspirational videos and reading articles prior to each face-to-face or phone mentoring session. This should enhance your conversation by offering additional insights and thought-starters for your next session.
Your Mentoring Relationship
Both the mentee and mentor should introduce themselves and provide a short background of their career to date. Exchange resumes or bios for review. From there, it is important for the mentee to communicate their expectations of the program, professional goals and what they hope to get out of the process. Set boundaries on what you feel comfortable discussing.
Importantly, ensure both parties give an assurance of confidentiality. This is paramount to build trust and openness in future sessions.
Discuss whether it is valuable for the mentor to meet with your line manager or CEO to receive an overview of the organisation, its 12 month plans and how they feel a mentor can support in your professional development. Ensure you have set the time and place for your next two to three meetings before you finish.
Neutral territory is often best. Think of a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, some people like to walk while they talk, sit in a park, book a meeting room or the lobby of a hotel. Cafes can offer a relaxed space, but try to find one where you can hear and won’t be too distracted. It’s useful to visit each other’s workplace at least once, but otherwise we recommend meeting away from work.
- Review your dashboard before each session
- Arrange, prepare for and set the agenda for each meeting
- Be genuine, honest and open
- Take notes. Reflect.
- Take the lead.
- Challenge yourself.
No. The 10 themes have been chosen based on our experience and research on key professional development areas for success. The themes can offer structure and guidance on the conversations you may like to have. However the mentee should set the agenda for each mentoring session. Your sessions may include these topics alongside more immediate issues and workplace challenges as they arise.
Mentoring is about the needs of the mentee and acquiring the ability to state these is part of the learning process.
Confidentiality is paramount and information can only be disclosed at the consent of the mentee. It is important that both parties give an assurance of confidentiality at the start of the process. This will establish and grow trust which is implicit in all successful mentoring relationships.
Mentoring is not coaching. Mentoring relates to the identification and nurturing of potential for the whole person, not a specific skill. Mentors take a long term view and ask questions, share insights and experiences rather than instruct.
Mentoring helps you take control of your career and think strategically about your life. It is sometimes said coaching is about the job. Mentoring is about your career.
That said, skill development is sometimes identified a part of your mentoring experience. Your mentor may support you in this development through insights and reflection. In addition, some of our mentors are trained coaches and can take on this role.
Sponsors are advocates within your organisation or industry. They may suggest you for a promotion or special project, call in favours or connect you with others who will help with your career progression. In recommending you for a position or opportunity they are putting their reputation on the line, so sponsors need to be confident of your performance, loyalty and ambitions.
Some mentors may become sponsors if they wish.
Should we talk about personal things?The mentee should set the agenda and boundaries of what is discussed. It is important to recognize how personal goals and other issues may relate to your career and therefore can often be a key part of the mentoring sessions.
We encourage both parties to discuss whether it is valuable for the mentor to meet with the mentee’s line manager or CEO to receive further organisation insights, key issues faced and how they feel a mentor can support the mentee’s professional development.
We recommend meetings are scheduled every 4-6 weeks. The one2one guided program is designed to support these monthly sessions. Try to establish a schedule for future meetings at your first meeting
This is dependent on the mentee. The mentee may need approval for the time taken during work hours.
McCarthy Mentoring will periodically make contact to discuss progress and we will ask for your written feedback on the program. The full responses will only be seen by McCarthy Mentoring. All feedback will be compiled into an anonymous report that will be provided to the CEO, HR Director or client contact.