FAQ Mentoring


 Mentoring


What is the purpose of mentoring?
How long does mentoring last?
How much does mentoring cost?
What is a Mentoring Meeting Card?
What do you need to be a mentor?
What do you need to be a mentee?
What do the mentoring coordinators do?


 

 

 What is the purpose of mentoring?


Mentoring can be structured to pursue a variety of goals, depending on the experience of the mentor and the requirements of the mentee.

For example:
  • How can you better define your own career goals?
  • How do you take the first steps on your career path?
  • How do you make yourself better known in your professional network?
  • How can a professional change or new function (e.g. leadership) be addressed?
  • How should you act in a male-dominated environment?
  • What salary can you demand?
  • How can you balance your career and family?
The advice provided by mentors does not cover personal or private needs.
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 How long does mentoring last?


A mentoring program can take up to a year, with 4-6 meetings scheduled between the mentor and mentee. The mentor and mentee are free to arrange the meetings, extend or cancel the program between themselves.

A mentoring meeting ideally lasts between one and two hours.

The meetings take place
  • in person, at a location chosen by the mentor
  • or by phone, Skype or Facetime etc
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How much does mentoring cost?


Mentoring is free of charge for BPW members. A small amount may be charged to cover administrative costs.

Non-BPW members who are interested pay an amount determined by BPW, which is agreed in the preliminary discussion with the coordinator.
 
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What is a Mentoring Meeting Card?


On the Mentoring Meeting Card, the mentor and mentee specify:
  • the goals of the mentoring
  • the duration of the mentoring
  • the number of agreed meetings
  • the type of agreed meetings (personal meeting, telephone, Skype etc.).
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 What do you need to be a mentor?


Being a mentor is not just a case of being older: experience and competence is what counts Anyone can become a mentor, provided they:
  • have a wealth of experience in a particular professional or specialist field
  • are good listeners and show respect when dealing with other people
  • are prepared to develop their own abilities in terms of passing on advice, for example by exchanging information with other mentors.
As a BPW member, you sign up as a topic/industry-specific mentor – enter a Move mentoring offering – or indicate that you are prepared to be a mentor on the Member Database.
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 What do you need to be a mentee?


Being a mentee is not just a case of being young: it goes without saying that mentoring is often required at the start of your career – but age alone is not the deciding factor. Mentoring can provide valuable support also when changing career (e.g. changing jobs, working for yourself) or taking on a new professional challenge.

Even if you are not a BPW member, you can still take part in the formal mentoring program Move. However, taking part is cheaper if you are a member, although a small administration fee is still payable.

You have to be a BPW member to take part in the informal BPW mentoring. This is also worth doing for a variety of other reasons.
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What do the mentoring coordinators do?


The mentoring coordinators
  • assess applications from potential mentors
  • process applications from potential mentees and organize the mentoring they request
  • continue to develop the BPW mentoring program Move.
The current mentoring coordinator: Griselda is currently working with a number of mentoring coordinators in a BPW MentoringTask Force and is more than willing to give you information and pinpointing you to the next steps in this process
 
 
The full mentoring program is open to all members of BPW Switzerland, irrespective of whether your club has a mentoring coordinator.
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