Mentoring is when the individual chooses the support of someone who is more experienced than they are in the area and they want the benefit of that experience in helping them to decide on their own course of action.
The sessions may use a coaching approach, but the responsibility of the mentor is to provide their own knowledge and experience to inform the client’s problem-solving and decision-making.
Typically mentoring is used to support an individual thinking through their career development or in gaining specific knowledge or skill by learning from an expert.
Amanda says, “Where an individual needs a lot more input, we may agree to take a mentoring approach. As a coach, I tend to take a blended approach and support the client through coaching for implementation as well as the mentoring input. I have also mentored new coaches, especially those who, like me, have a portfolio of learning services. ”