Benefits of Peer to Peer Mentoring
Mentoring is an active continuous activity, which eventually results in a bond being created between the mentor and the mentee.
Peer-to-peer mentoring refers to individuals of equal or similar rank in the workplace or students at Universities undertaking mentoring with one another, with one passing on knowledge and experience as the mentor, and the other one being guided being the mentee.
This kind of mentoring is an exciting experience for the individuals involved since they can relate on so many levels both in the workplace and outside of it. They usually fall in the same age bracket, follow certain similar trends, and the like.
There’s also a lot of personal growth that takes place for the persons involved. It has also been found that the more a mentor shares with the mentee in order for the mentee to become a better version of themselves, and ultimately attain both their personal and career goals, the more the mentor becomes enriched by the experience themselves.
Below are the benefits of peer-to-peer mentoring for both mentors and mentees.
Benefits to Peer Mentors:
● The whole mentoring experience enables the mentor to hone their leadership as well as management and organisational skills.
● It’s been recorded that mentors generally experience better interpersonal and communication skills after the period that they have been involved in mentoring in relation to before the mentoring exercise.
● There’s also an enhancement of one’s professional experience as a result of better marketable and transferable skills developed by the mentoring experience.
● Mentoring other people has been known to increase one’s self-awareness, and foster personal growth as well.
● It also helps one to build their network, and at the same time enrich their professional resume.
Benefits to Mentees:
● It helps the mentee to manage their time as well as organise themselves better.
● A mentee learns a lot from the mentor, accelerating their learning curve since they do not have to grope through the unknown on their own. Mentoring is usually done by peers with certain experiences and/or knowledge that the mentee does not possess. Mentoring helps to bridge that gap.
● It helps the mentee to undertake their tasks effectively
● The mentee quickly navigates the workplace or professional landscape as a result of mentoring.
● It’s easier for the mentee to quickly gain a work-life balance due to the guidance offered during the mentoring sessions.
Mentoring is beneficial to both parties as indicated above as it helps level the ground between peers. It’s easy to carry out peer-to-peer mentoring due to a certain level of comradeship between mentor and mentee.