Mentoring is the pairing of an experienced or skilled person (mentor) with a person who would like to improve his/her/their skills or seek guidance on their career (mentee). The mentor acts as a role model and supports the mentee by sharing knowledge, resources and advice to help him/her/them successfully navigate professional development or career planning.
Mentoring can be a valuable experience at any point in one’s career. It can be as simple as one employee showing another how to complete a particular task, or it may develop into a long-term relationship.
Mentoring is vital to retaining diverse talent and promote knowledge sharing across various cultures, work styles, generational gaps and backgrounds. It is a benefit to an organization in that it can lead to a better understanding of career development barriers and how to overcome them.