When Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, went to fight in the Trojan war, he entrusted the care of his house hold to Mentor, who served as teacher and overseer of his son,Telemachus. After the war Odysseus was consigned to wander vainly for years in his attempts to return home. With age the now grown Telemachus went in search of his father. Following a long search, Odysseus and Telemachus were finally reunited, and together they cast down pretenders to Odysseus’ throne and to Telemachus’ birthright.
Mentors are helpers. Their style may range from that of a persistent encourager who helps someone build self- confidence to that a stern task master who “teaches;’ to appreciate excellence in performance.
Mentoring is one of the broadest method of encouraging human growth. Today, mentoring arer related to careers ., but mentor can touch every facet of a person’s being if their offering are accepted and applied in diverse aspects to an individual’s life.
Mentoring can be defined as a significant, long term, beneficial effect on a person’s life or style, generally as a result of personal one-to-one contact.
A mentor is one who offers knowledge, in sight, perspective, or wisdom that is especially useful to the other person.
Mentoring can be done by anyone, at any time, in almost any place.
Con take the form of one shot intervention or a life long relationship.
A Variety of Mentoring Relationship . Highly structured Virtually no structure Short-term spontaneous Long-term Even for life Length of intervention Formation of relationship 1-Highly structured, shot term i.e. company orientation 2-Highly structured, long term i.e. craftsman, carpenters 3-Informal, short-term i.e. learning tire puncture 4- Informal ,long-term i.e. friendship