ref: Google Dictionary, on "Mentorship".

Mentor, a character in Homer's Odyssey, was the "Mentor" of Telemachus when he goes to fight in the Trojan War. This was one of the oldest references to the application of being a mentor, someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with a less-experienced colleague.

Before we speak of mentorship and mentoring, we must be clear on what it is, particularly as opposed to coaching.

In, it is explained as follows:

The key factor that stands out between a Mentor VS a coach, is that Mentors have walked the path which the Mentees would like to go, or somewhat close to it. So much so, that they're capable of providing sound advice from their experience - through stories or sage advice.

There are many perks of having a mentor or being in a mentorship program, particularly for organisations. Individuals with great mentors tend to see more promotions, greater skills development, a more worldly view of subject matters, enhanced confidence and better personal and professional outcomes. This enhances job satisfaction, communication amongst teams, project execution and ultimately staff retention.

With so many positives, why not find a mentor today?

Here are some websites which may be useful for you to kickstart your mentorship journey - not to mention that LinkedIn is a treasure trove of potential mentors!

How to ask someone to mentor you

More Tips on finding the right mentor!

A great mentoring toolkit here!

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