Each session lasts for approx 1hr 15 minutes and during this time you will have the opportunity to mentor four women, each for 15mins. Mentors will be arranged in circles and mentees will randomly select a seat and thus pair with their first mentor. A host will introduce each session with an explanation of mentoring ‘ground rules’ and will keep time, and signal (literally ringing a bell) for you to move onto the next mentee. Our approach is about using your own experience to support and offer guidance rather than matching up mentors/mentees in specific fields. We leave it to alchemy on the day to see who you will mentor.
Some tips to help you be a mentor
Mentoring is the process whereby one person helps another to find her own solution to problems and difficulties connected with work, career or personal life. WOW mentees may be women of all ages and experiences including girls still in formal education.
The mentees will be asked to: Think about 2 or 3 problems/issues/challenges they would like to address during the session, to develop a brief description of each problem/issue/challenge, to place the problem in the context of their personal goals, priorities, and values and to try to identify any options to try and the advantages and disadvantages of these options.
The aim of mentoring is to help the other person to:
- become clearer
- express tensions and frustrations
- resolve problems
- further develop skills and confidence
Suggested breakdown for the session
- 2-3 minutes mentee introduction
- 4-5 minute explanation of problem in context
- 5-7 minutes of mentor/mentee dialogue and thought sharing