Mentoring—getting started
Mentoring—getting started

The following In-house Advisor practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Mentoring—getting started
  • The mentoring cycle
  • Who does what?
  • The structure of a mentoring meeting
  • Understand different learning styles

Learning from more experienced colleagues is one of the best ways to develop skills and careers. Mentors can help you make sense of complex issues that you are likely to face as your career develops and being a mentor can help you develop leadership and people skills. When beginning a mentoring relationship it is important to consider the structure of mentoring from the overall cycle of mentoring to the structure of each individual session. This Practice Note will provide guidance on:

  1. the mentoring cycle

  2. who does what

  3. the structure of mentoring meetings

  4. accommodating different learning styles

For background guidance on what mentoring is and how it can benefit mentors and mentees, see Practice Note: Mentoring for in-house lawyers.

The mentoring cycle

Like all relationships, mentoring has a beginning, middle and end and we have provided some pointers on the accompanying infographic about what to expect at each stage in the relationship.

At the start, it is important to set some time aside to get to know each other and build up trust. Painting a bigger picture of each other will help to build a relationship, establish common interests and enable the mentor to draw in examples from outside of the workplace which may be of use.

During the course of the meetings, it is all about setting goals and staying on track. See Practice Note: Mentoring—setting goals. Make sure

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