What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a collaborative relationship between two people - the mentor and the mentee - with a shared goal of furthering the mentee’s personal and professional growth and career development. In the workplace, typically the mentor is an experienced professional person who shares knowledge, experience and advice with a less experienced person, the mentee.

Role of a mentor

A mentor is a trusted confidante, and someone who encourages and supports a mentee, helping them to explore and develop opportunities in their personal and professional situation. A mentor should have:

  • Active listening skills
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback
  • A willingness to share knowledge and experience
  • Willingness to provide ongoing support and encouragement.

The mentee

The mentee will benefit from:

  • Collaboration with a more experienced professional in a safe, non-judgemental, and confidential environment
  • Shared knowledge that will build confidence and enable informed choices
  • A new sense of direction and purpose.

Mentoring at the Royal College of Podiatry

For podiatry, sharing knowledge and skills is fundamental to the growth of both individuals and the wider profession.

Mentoring via a dedicated online platform is therefore available to all members as a key member benefit, whatever stage you are at in your career. You can participate in our scheme as either mentor or mentee – both offer valuable opportunities for personal growth and fulfilment.

Log in to our mentoring pages to find out:

  • How RCPod’s our mentoring service works
  • How you can get involved
  • What some of our members say about their mentoring experience
  • The very real benefits it could have for you, whether you chose to be mentor or mentee.

If you have any questions about the platform, then please e-mail us at mentoringplatform@rcpod.org.uk.