I am a mentor with the Law Society of Scotland. I trained as a mentor in 2014 and I have had the opportunity of mentoring two law students to date and I have recently been matched with a new mentee.
The training to become a mentor involved a day long course and assessment with Jan Bowen-Neilsen who is a qualified coach and mentor and the founder of Quiver Management. The training day itself was hugely beneficial and taught me a lot about active listening and good mentoring skills.
As is explained by Jan Browen-Neilson “Mentoring involves listening to the concerns of the mentee and using experience to help see new perspectives, identify opportunities, perhaps challenge assumptions and develop self-awareness, all with a view to expanding on the mentee's capability to excel in his or her profession”.
The process of mentoring involves identifying and exploring the issues or problems the mentee has. As a mentor I will listen to the concerns of the mentee and help to identify any problems they have. Together we will discuss what they would like to change or achieve and come up with a game plan to tackle the issues. The role of the mentor is not to tell the mentee what or how to do something but to help them come up with their own strategies for coping and developing. I see my role as a mentor being one of providing support and perspective.
I have found the programme very valuable. It has been rewarding to help my mentees achieve their goals. The experience has also helped to develop my listening and management skills. I would highly recommend the Law Society’s mentoring scheme to anyone who is interested.