Learn through conversation, challenge and reflection
We develop our professional practice in a range of ways from attending conferences to completing online learning from participating in networks to shadowing others.
Mentoring is an effective 1:1 development tool, where a mentee learns through conversation, challenge and reflection in a safe and non-judgemental space.
The key to a mentoring relationship is that the mentor has lived experience in the sector, field or discipline and can pull on that insight and personal experience to create a reality-based learning situation.
Due to its 1:1 nature, mentoring enables deeper and more individualistic development. This was highlighted as being key for the development of ‘personal qualities’ and new skills for the sector as part of the Character Matters Report.
Benefits of mentoring
Mentors and mentees can share ideas, expand networks, improve interpersonal skills and gain confidence and enthusiasm. Mentees get to focus on their career development and mentors can increase their professional status, keep up to date and give back to the profession.
Mentoring can take place within a formal programme, for example our AMA, or more informally. What is important to note is that to have an effective mentoring relationship mentors and mentees must have a clear understanding of mentoring and the skills required to support it.
Mentoring for the AMA
Those undertaking the AMA have a mentor that works with them over 2-3 years (on average).
We have over 160 AMA mentors supporting our AMA candidates.
We support our mentors with initial training, email updates and mentor refresher sessions.