Katharine Slattery and Aoife O’Brien speak about mentoring: the difference between mentoring and coaching; the benefits of mentoring specifically; what makes an effective mentoring programme. We also talk about the preparation needed for both the mentor and the mentee when it comes to designing and delivering an effective mentoring programme.
Katharine Slattery established Mentoring Resources in 2012, to design and deliver in-person and eLearning training programmes for mentors and mentees participating in mentoring programmes in professional, educational and community settings in Ireland. Katharine believes in the power of mentoring in providing an additional level of support for those going through a time of transition and challenge – whether that is starting off in a new level of education, beginning a new role, or striving for professional or personal development. Mentoring Resources also design, implement and manage mentoring programmes for small and large-scale organisations in Ireland.
Katharine has worked with several Irish Higher Education Institutions, corporate sector and community sector clients, and other organisations such as the HSE, HIQA and the Law Society of Ireland, and has seen first-hand the benefits to mentees, mentors and the organisation in which mentoring is embedded. Katharine is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the Women’s Inspire Network. Katharine holds a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from the Queen’s University of Belfast, as well as a Professional Practice Certificate in Training Development & Delivery from the Irish Institute of Training and Development. She has just begun a post-graduate Diploma in Business in Executive Management.
A mentor provides three Ss – a safe pair of ears, a sounding board, and a source of possible solutions. Amid the noise and competing demands of a workplace environment, it’s not hard to see how the opportunity to have those ears, that sounding board and that source of help could make you ‘Happier At Work’.