Mentoring and coaching

What is the difference? 

Coaching and mentoring are not the same thing. The approach, timescale and focus of a mentor and coach are different so it is important to understand these differences from the beginning, so you choose the most appropriate support for your needs.

Mentoring

Mentoring is a form of one-to-one support where a more experienced colleague uses their knowledge, skills and connections to help someone with their current and future challenges. It has been shown to have a positive effect on individuals’ career success.

Coaching

A coach does not need to be familiar with the work you do or your workplace. Coaching is 'Unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.

Support in difficult situations

If neither coaching nor mentoring are what you are looking for, the following links may be useful: