Mentoring Program

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The ORSC GTA Community has a The Mentoring Program!

What to expect:

  1. An ORSC trained Mentoring Coach will contact you shortly after your application is received.
  2. If there is a potential match available, the mentoring coach will contact both of you with more details.
  3. If both mentor and mentee agree to be matched, you will setup an initial three-way session with your mentoring coach (~45 min via Skype). During this session you will:
    • Receive general guidelines and tips about mentoring
    • Design your Mentoring Alliance (DMA)
    • Define the objectives for mentee, mentor, mentoring relationship
    • Decide frequency of the sessions and method of communication
    • Establish the duration of your mentoring relationship.
  4. If, at any point during the mentoring relationship, you notice an issue or a miss-match, please let the mentoring coach know (who will use ORSC tools and concepts to clear the issue or anything else required).
  5. At the end of the mentoring relationship, the mentor has the choice to be matched with another mentee, remain inactive for a period of time or withdraw from the Mentoring Program.

Ready to apply?

  • Become a Mentoring Coach if you’d like to put your ORSC tools at practice and help mentoring relationships to get a good start and be successful: contact us!

Mentoring Tips

  • Consider the mentoring relationship as a relationship between two professionals. Putting the mentor on a pedestal might intimidate the mentee (thinking s/he has nothing to offer). Both mentor and mentee have a lot of knowledge and experience, which makes the mentoring relationship a great opportunity for sharing and growth on both sides.
  • The mentoring relationship is not a replacement of the ORSC Certification program (which provides more in depth information and personal experience using the ORSC concepts and tools). While the mentors might have extended ORSC knowledge and experience, they express their own perspectives based on their understanding and experience.
  • While mentor’s role is to provide guidance, do not get offended if the mentee does not follow through ad litteram. Allow the mentee to adjust the learning and advice to their own style. Make this an opportunity to learn more about mentee’s learning style, personality, and needs.
  • As mentee, if you don’t agree with mentor’s advice/ suggestion, consider it at least 2% truth and make an effort to understand the reason/ meaning behind it. Growth happens mainly out of our comfort zone.  
  • Use the mentoring relationship as an opportunity to apply ORSC concepts and tools within this relationship. Debrief often, to deepen the learning.
  • It’s easy to get stuck in consensus reality (sharing information, for example). The mentoring relationship is much more: imagine it as a “creature” (3rd entity), check often with it to see what’s going on, what’s needed, how it unfolds in time.
  • Take the time at the beginning to brainstorm ideas for an action plan, based on the expectations you discussed during the initial session: things you consider important to be covered during the agreed period of time. Then make this plan flexible, adjusting it according to the new opportunities / ideas/ situations that occur in time.
  • Like in any relationship, being open, curious, not taking yourself too serious helps build a great mentoring relationship.  
  • Every two months the mentoring coach will check in to see how the mentoring relationship unfolds. Feel free to ask for help and support anytime in between, to improve your mentoring relationship.

Suggestions, comments about these mentoring tips? Please share them via Contact  page.