What is mentoring?

Men­tor­ing, very broad­ly, is a trust­ing rela­tion­ship between two or more peo­ple. Men­tor­ing con­sists of a men­tor and a mentee. The men­tor and the mentee typ­i­cal­ly dif­fer in respect to expe­ri­ences, knowl­edge, and skills. The men­tor facilitates—together with oth­er resources—the devel­op­ment of the mentee through dis­cus­sions, input, tasks, role mod­el­ing, shar­ing of per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al knowl­edge, and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Men­tor­ing can assume many forms, can be done in mul­ti­ple con­stel­la­tions (e.g., with more than one mentee), and can have very dif­fer­ent goals. For Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing, the over­ar­ch­ing goal of men­tor­ing is devel­op­ing young tal­ents to excel­lence. To achieve this goal, Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing com­bines one-on-one men­tor­ing rela­tion­ships with (inter­dis­ci­pli­nary) col­lab­o­ra­tive projects, the devel­op­ment of indi­vid­ual learn­ing path­ways, and net­work­ing in both small groups and the entire Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing com­mu­ni­ty.