Mentoring is a pairing of a more skilled or experienced person, usually in the same field of knowledge, with a less experienced person. Ideally mentors have no line management relationship to the mentee. Mentors will often provide direction and advice and should open organisational doors for mentees. Mentors can provide a neutral sounding board, assure total confidentiality, and have no agenda other than assisting their mentees in their development and to reach their goals. Mentoring involves helping people to develop their career, skills and expertise, often drawing upon the experiences of the mentor. Mentoring is focusing on the 'horizontal' development (learning) of the mentee.

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