Delivered at the Nigeria Science Fair in Nigeria by Mathew Olasupo for High Schools in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. Mathew Speaks in the capacity of Chapter President of Engineers Without Borders-FUTA Chapter.
A mentor is an experienced person who
advises and helps somebody with less experience over a period of
time. (Oxford Dictionary)
Mentorship refers to a personal developmental relationship in which
a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps a less
experienced or less knowledgeable person (Wikipedia.org).
Mentoring is defined as a ‘‘one-on-one” relationship between a less
experienced and a more experienced person that is pro-typically
intended to advance the personal and professional growth of the less
Mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a
sustained period of time, between a people who is perceived to have greater
relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience
(the mentor) and a person who is perceived
to have less (the protégé).
A role model is a person you admire and try to copy (oxford
Protégé is a male
person in receipt of
Protégée is a
Person in receipt of
They monitor your career growth and
They connect you e.g. admission, job, people
They advise, counsel and guide you in
decision making process.
They expose you and add value to your life.
They correct and discipline you.
They sponsor you.
They help you to build sound character.
They teach and help you to build relevant
skills by recommending trainings for you
They speak about you to those who can help
They pray for you.
ROLE OF PROTÉGÉ
Do not beg your mentor for money because
it will project you as a burden.
Be obedient to your mentor’s advice.
Have good manners especially when you are with them.
Respect them and their family.
Send gifts to them no matter how little e.g. birthday,
wedding anniversary, promotion
Create time for communication. Very important!
Be sensitive to the wellbeing of
Show to them you care.
Assist them to do their work.
Do not lie to them.
Pray for them and their family always.
• Mentorship is not a platform for
• Mentorship is not disrespectful.
• Mentorship does not replace
the role of your parent or
• Mentorship is not a burden.
• Mentorship is not harmful.
Otherwise, it’s very helpful.
Keep moving we’re behind you!
• The opportunity to relate with more
people gives you an edge over your peers.
• They remind you that failing is not falling.
• They always point you back to their helperGod.
• Mentors will always want you to be better
than them in life. They feel fulfilled.
• Mentors charge you always and tell you to
Investment in nursing students and effective education and mentorship allows for
greater critical thinking skills, health education competencies, and furthering of
education increasing scope of practice (Shakespeare & Webb, 2008).
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton (1642
- 1727) English mathematician and physicist. (Letter to Robert Hooke)
If I have soar better it is by standing on the wings of eagles. Mathew D. Olasupo
(2012) Mechanical Engineer and Diplomat.
If my theory of relativity is proven correct, Germany will claim me as a German and
France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove
untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) German-born U.S. physicist.
The best way to really train people is with an experienced mentor...and on the job.
Tom Peters (1942 - ) U.S. management consultant and author.