ILN: What is ‘peer mentoring’ anyway?

Finger face having an idea by Tsahi Levent-Levi used under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0

Finger face having an idea by Tsahi Levent-Levi used under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0

There are many types of mentoring programs. Below are a few models.

Traditional mentoring involved a top down approach relationship where a more senior person (the mentor) coaches a new professional (the protégé ) usually in a one on one relationship. These can be more formal relationships in the workplace, an educator helping support a student in need or just a seasoned professional having a coffee with a newbie. The exchange of information in this type of relationship tends to be one way; the mentor imbibes the protege with their knowledge.

Group or Team mentoring is where a number of people in the same situation come together to share and learn from their experiences. This model encourages collaboration and is successful when all participants contribute equally. This type of program can help to in areas where a one on one program is difficult.

Ad Hoc mentoring– This mentoring model is exactly as is sounds. It is not an ongoing relationship and usually takes place for a particular project or short term goal.

Peer mentoring-  is where that partners are not placed into established mentor/protégé roles, but rather are encouraged to view their partnership as a way to learn from each other; all are mentors and all are protégés. Professional seniority does not imply seniority in this type of mentor program.

The ILN uses a peer mentoring model. We believe that we all have something to learn and something to teach. This type of  mentoring relies on participants who are willing to commit to the program and share their experiences with their partner. The program is only as strong as the participants.

If you would like to know more see how the program works, read some FAQs, or see what kinds of topics we have discussed in the past here on the web site.

Applications for the ILN are now open (and close at midnight on Sunday 15thFebruary) 

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