Our goal is to increase access to mentoring and coaching for IGH staff. Our focus is broadly centred on career development, and we aim to build capacity and support within IGH.
What is mentoring and coaching?
Mentoring is a relationship between two parties, who are not connected within a line management structure. Typically, the mentor guides the mentee through a period of change and towards an agreed objective, or assists them to become acquainted with a new situation. At IGH, we have various mentoring opportunities (see below), some more formal than others.
Mentoring and coaching have some key differences:
- Coaching is task oriented. The focus is on concrete issues, such as managing time more effectively, speaking more articulately, and learning how to think strategically.
- Mentoring is relationship oriented. It seeks to provide a safe environment where the mentee shares whatever issues affect his or her professional and personal success. Although specific learning goals or competencies may be used as a basis for creating the relationship, its focus goes beyond these areas to include things, such as work/life balance, self-confidence, self-perception.
- Coaching is short term. A coach can successfully be involved with a coachee for a short period of time, maybe even just one or two sessions.
- Mentoring is usually longer term. Mentoring, to be successful, requires time in which both partners can learn about one another and build a climate of trust.
- Coaching is performance driven. The purpose of coaching is to improve the individual's performance on the job
- Mentoring is development driven. Its purpose is to develop the individual not only for the current job, but also for the future.
How to get involved with coaching and mentoring
Find out about mentoring schemes offered at UCL
Find out about our latest learning and career opportunities.