Mentoring offers a unique opportunity for both mentees and mentors to grow, learn, and develop.
This page is designed to empower you with resources curated by a diverse group of Employee Learning & Development staff members from across the service to support you in being either a mentor, mentee, or both!
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A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.
Mentorship: What Is It?
A mentor is an experienced, trusted advisor. A mentee is a person receiving advice. Mentorship is the formal or informal relationship between the two. Although similar, this relationship is usually different than coaching.
The heart of mentoring – getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep for yourself,
but how much you pour into others.
Is Mentorship Right for Me?
A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you,
than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.
Benefits of Being a Mentor
Being a mentor allows you to:
- Demonstrate expertise and share knowledge
- Have the opportunity to guide others to their full potential
- Improve individual and organizational performance by helping mentees obtain new or enhance existing competencies and remain invigorated and challenged
- Have the opportunity to impact the future of the NPS
- Enhance coaching, counseling, listening, and modeling skills
- Develop and practice a more personal, Situational Leadership style
Benefits of Being a Mentee
As a mentee, you are able to:
- Take advantage of a unique opportunity to connect with an experienced mentor
- Experience tangible and intangible personal growth and development, such as improved self-awareness, self-confidence and self-discipline.
- Explore and overcome potential “de-railers”
- Learn to translate NPS values and strategies into productive actions
- Complement ongoing formal study and/or training and development activities
- Develop new perspectives
- Get assistance acting on ideas
- Increase network and exposure
- The Mentor’s Guidebook
- Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities of a Mentor – When becoming a mentor, it is important to understand your role and duties. Check out some ideas from the Facilities Management Leadership Program that can be helpful to any mentor.
- Action: Change your profile in the CLP to show interest in mentoring
- The Mentee’s Guidebook
- Am I ready for a mentorship – Use this worksheet to identify what you expect to gain from your mentoring relationships. By clarifying your own expectations, you will be able to communicate them more effectively to your mentors.
- Action: Change your profile in the CLP to indicate you are interested in being mentored
- 10 Concrete Reasons Why Anyone Needs a Mentor – If you still need convincing, check out this article!
- Infographic on How to Find a Mentor – This is one process to follow to find and sustain mentor.
- Tips for Your First Meeting – Meeting your mentor can be an exciting event. Here are some tips to keep in mind, for both before and during your first meeting.
- Giving and Receiving Feedback as a Mentor and a Mentee – Two of the most important parts of a mentor/mentee relationship is giving and receiving feedback.
- Agreement Template – Use this template for a more “formal” mentor/mentee agreement; it will help you and your mentor set expectations!
- Questions to Ask a Mentee – Clarify the goals of a person and the reason for the mentor relationship.
- 40 Questions to Ask Your Mentor for Better Results – Not sure where to start? Lost on what to focus on? Need help prompting your mentor? Try asking some of the following questions.
- Assessing Your Mentor/Mentee Relationship – You have been in a mentor/mentee relationship for awhile…how is it going? How would you know? Use either of the two assessments; one is for a mentor and one is for a mentee.
Be a Mentor
- Contact your career field training manager and let them know you are available.
- Contact your Employee Development Officer.
- Offer your services to professional organizations like Association of National Park Rangers, National Association of interpretation, George Wright Society etc.
Get a Mentor
- Ask your supervisor if they know of anyone that can support your interests.
- Find a mentor the CLP Commons and reach out to people that share your interests.
- Join ANPR and they can match you with a mentor as a benefit.
- Contact your career field training manager.
- Contact your Employee Development Officer.
- Check out the Office of Personnel Management Mentorship Resources for information about formal and informal mentoring programs.
- Access additional CLP resources on Mentoring.
- Learn how to develop a Digital Individual Development Plan.