What is mentoring?
Named after Mentor, the name of young
Telemachus’s adviser in Homer’s Odyssey
Earliest documented use 1750
Why does CILIP need
The Mentor Scheme has one key purpose:
“ to support individual CILIP members
through the Framework of Qualifications
processes. The key outcome of all
mentoring partnerships within the scheme
will be the successful completion of a
The overall purpose of all CILIP
qualifications is to develop “ reflective
“To help and support people to manage their own learning in
order to maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve
their performance and become the person they want to be. “
“Mentoring includes coaching, counselling and networking. It is
not necessary to dazzle the protégé with knowledge and
experience. The mentor just has to provide encouragement by
sharing his enthusiasm for his job “
“ Learning by association with a relevant role model”
Role of the Mentor
•Provide support, encouragement, feedback
•Ask open questions
•Take the lead initially
•Guide on career development
•Confront difficult issues
•Keep on task
•Offer a different perspective
•Suggest networking and share contacts
How do you find a
•Look on CILIP website
•E-mail mentor with Mentee information form
•Discuss needs / requirement
•If helpful, exchange CVs
•Agree first meeting if both happy to accept
•If not, mentee starts again
•Check what confidentiality means to each of
•Agree meetings schedule
•Decide how will you evaluate at the end of the
•Face to face
•Telephone / Skype
•Tools such as Dropbox
#chartership chats – one on mentors
#cpd23, @cpd23 – meet other mentees /
•Confirm PPDP and goals
•Identify activities and encourage self-
management of learning
•Provide support through the PPDP process
•Assist in evaluation of success
At meetings you might be asked:
•What do you want to discuss today?
•What achievements since last meeting?
•What targets have you not met?
•What lessons have you learned?
•What challenges face you?
•What actions are needed for the next meeting?
• Review what has been delivered – or not
• Explore what is expected next – informal?
• Explore other sources of support