What would it take to be an Employability mentor ?

Enabled Employability Mentoring Programme is systematically designed to improve the employability prospects of students who perhaps had little chance of finding a job. The development of a mentoring relationship with an experienced professional, who works in the student’s sector of interest, will impart valuable insights into the industry. More often than not, the Mentees whom you will mentor will have good academics and undeveloped social skills. If you have experienced the same during the first few years of your career journey, you will be able to empathize very easily with Mentees. (For more details, go to https://medium.com/@enable.mentoring/my-on-going-tryst-with-mentoring-and-employability-3d8e28644b14)

You would be expected to build a relationship with your mentees which will serve as a stimulus for their growth. By sharing your professional knowledge and experience and offering advice and guidance, you will create a climate which encourages them to develop their ideas and pursue their goals. 
As a mentor, you would be expected to fulfil several roles which include a motivator, friend, supporter and coach. You will respond consistently, openly and honestly to your mentees providing sensitive challenges and support where appropriate. You will need to have the ability to convey your belief and confidence in your mentees.
Being a full time working professional, it will be expected that you will not be able to physically participate more than two days in a month.

Skills and attributes required from you as a mentor:
• Good articulation skills and the ability to develop a supportive relationship
• Ability to pace your facilitation and coaching style to the need of a mentee
• The ability to provide feedback in a constructive manner so that mentee starts working on it
• The ability to commit time and effort to the mentoring relationship
• A willingness to be open and share experiences and advice of the sector 
• Above all honesty to let the mentee know what are his strengths and development areas
• Listening with an open mind and not suggesting solutions that come immediately to the mind

Benefits for the mentor:
• Developing confident and ambitious graduates equipped to shape society
• You will achieve job satisfaction in helping others to improve their employability and life prospects
• Your facilitation and coaching skills will be honed and further enhanced
• You can reflect on your own professional development through the exchange of ideas and insights
• It will raise the profile of your organization with a network of fellow professionals and future graduates
• It helps in developing lifelong relationships not only with students but also institutes 
• Last but not the least, it adds a streak of altruism of to your resume

What a Mentor is prohibited from: 
 
• Backing out while mentee looks upto him/ her for time
• “I am a busy person getting X Lakhs CTC and you are not participating. It is so discouraging”
• “I have been a very successful professional and you can always follow my example”
• “I have had no failures, I am the best”
There is no right way to do it and I have tried not to get prescriptive but share my experiences from my failures and unlearning.
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