Getting support and guidance through mentoring
“My mentor provided a welcome independent ear to discuss things with, and to provide me with personal support.
She also helped me with my decision to change to a different training programme and with proof-reading my application for this.
I have found the mentoring a very positive experience”. (mentee)
The quality of support you receive during your period as a Foundation Doctor, Core Trainee or Specialist Trainee is vital to enable you to get the best out of your future career.
To foster this, the Peninsula Deanery has set up a confidential mentoring programme for Doctors in training as an independent source of support outside of the assessment process.
Mentoring is a process where a mentor meets a mentee on a regular or occasional basis to help the mentee in their personal and professional development.
Research has shown that mentoring has many benefits for mentees:
• Improved self-confidence and self esteem
• Increased motivation
• Broadened horizons and experience
• Raised achievements and aspirations
• Improved performance
• Increased job satisfaction
• Networking opportunities
• Establish a balance between life and work
• Self Directed Learning
• Increased career mobility and career opportunities
• Opportunity to give and receive feedback
• Ability to get assistance with ideas
• Opportunity to demonstrate strengths and explore potential
• Develop visibility within or outside an organisation
• Challenged to use talents and share expertise
Most mentors are Consultants or Senior Specialty Trainees who give their time voluntarily because they have a genuine desire to help. They are likely to work in a different specialty to you, and you may decide to travel to another locality to see them.
The choice of mentor will be yours, and you will set the agenda.