A guidebook to BPTN’s mentoring initiative 

What is mentoring?

“Mentoring is a system of semi-structured guidance whereby one person shares their knowledge, skills and experience to assist others to progress in their own lives and careers. Mentors need to be readily accessible and prepared to offer help as the need arises – within agreed bounds.” (Bright, 2014)

Mentoring is an opportunity to have someone who is successful in their chosen path help you navigate your career.

What does success look like?

At the end of this initiative, you will have a stronger and curated network, an executive sponsor, and a cohort of colleagues and future leaders to help you on your career journey.

What mentoring is not...

  • Mentoring is not therapy; the CULTIVATE mentors are not registered counsellors
  • Mentoring is not passive; being a mentee brings great responsibility. You need to be committed and invest conscious effort. Show up to your sessions ready to engage
  • Be authentic in your engagement and be careful not to cross the boundaries of the mentorship relationship
  • Respect the confidentiality of your individual and group conservations

How to make the most of the CULTIVATE mentoring experience?

    • Show up ready to engage. It’s important to be prepared for your mentoring sessions. Be five (5) minutes early to your sessions (logged on and waiting).
    • Dress appropriately and have your questions prepared in advance. Our mentors have very busy schedules, so it’s important to respect their time as well as yours 
    • Have a pen and paper to take notes during your sessions. Then take time to absorb the conservations and come back with new questions and learnings for future sessions
    • Not all mentoring sessions will be the same, so be prepared to try new things and develop new skills
    • You will be meeting with your mentor approximately once a month for about 60 minutes in a group session. Be mindful of the space and try not to monopolise the room as everyone should have time to speak, share and learn

Enjoy the CULTIVATE mentoring sessions, we are here to help in any way that we can.



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