A mentor isn’t someone who’ll tell you what to do. They’re someone who’ll help you find out where you really want to be – and explore different ways to get there. A good mentor will make sure you have the support you need to do things yourself, rather than trying to do things for you.
That might be about making sure you feel confident and comfortable in a new situation. Or, it could mean helping you to set yourself tasks or making contacts within their industry. What they do will depend on you, your relationship, and what you want to achieve.
‘Mentoring can hugely increase a young person’s confidence, their self belief, aspirations and expectations of what they can achieve,’ says Donna Cunningham, who works for mentoring organisation MCR Pathways.