HOW TO CHOOSE A MENTOR? Part I
When I went to my friend’s website, I suddenly noticed a post about the similarities and differences between a mentor and a coach.
I even stopped after reading one of those differences. It has been written that coaches are accredited and mentors are not… NOT TRUE!
Paradoxically, it was at that time that I was preparing the documents for my accreditation as a Mentor…. So I got annoyed.
What organization cares about accreditation of mentors?
My dear ones, for your information – mentors, as well as coaching specialists are accredited. This is taken care of by the European Coaching and Mentoring Council (EMCC).
How to become an accredited mentor?
To become an accredited mentor, you will need to provide evidence that your mentoring practice meets certain professional standards. They reflect both the competencies of the mentor and the methods used, the constant reflection of his activities and participation in supervision, professional development, i.e. participation in trainings, existing experience, work done in the field of mentoring, the mentor’s contribution to the professional growth of the mentoring community, etc.
EIA (European Individual Accreditation) confirms the qualification of a mentor. There are four different levels of accreditation.
How to choose a Mentor?
I notice trends that it is now becoming fashionable to be a mentor. It is one of the marketing tools. I just add the suffix “Mentor” to the names of my other activities and it’s like I’m rising to a higher level, because I’m keeping pace with fashion.
If this will help spread the contagion of mentoring and the understanding that mentoring is extremely beneficial to both organizations and each of us, it will be great.
On the other hand, it is crucial that we choose where it is just a nice note, and where the mentor perceives and strives to meet the standards set for mentoring activities.
So let’s know that mentors are accredited and by choosing an accredited mentor we can expect a professional in their field. And then, probably, we will be able to not only rejoice that we have mentoring in the organization or that I have a mentor, but also to get the results of mentoring.
Good luck discovering the benefits of mentoring and choosing a mentor.
Latter I will write other tips that will help you to choose a mentor and to benefit from mentoring!
Did you know that exist accreditation of mentors?
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