Frequently Asked Questions

Because of mentoring diversity and long history, many types of mentoring (or mentorship) exist. Below is a non-exhaustive list of FAQs asked about mentoring.

Mentoring FAQs

How do you define Mentoring?

There are many types of Mentoring programs.  Atom Wave mentoring programs are focused on self-development and self-career management on the part of the mentee. Mentor acts more on a “pull” mode, thus enabling the mentee to come up with own resources, ideas and initiatives.

Our programs are different from "traditional" ones, where the mentor has a more didactic role, and sometimes sponsors his mentee's/ protégé's development.

What is the difference between coaching and mentoring?
Coaching is primarily about performance improvement as well as the development of specific skills. The goals are determined by the job requirements and the relationship is driven by the coach.

Mentoring is much more broadly based, focusing on developing capability often for longer term in career self-management. The development goals are defined by the mentee and are often related with personal development objectives. Mentoring relationships are governed by confidentiality rules.

What are the benefits of Mentoring Programs?

  • Competencies Development according to the organization's strategic goals
  • New Hires become productive more quickly
  • Accelerated Development of New Leaders
  • Put high-Potential individuals on the fast career track
  • Retention of Employees
  • Interdepartmental Communication
  • Improvement of Mentor’s Coaching Skills  & gradually building of a  Mentoring Culture

 What are the ideal groups to apply mentoring?

  • New Hires
  • New Managers
  • Career Development
  • Hi Potentials / Talents
  • Best Practices i.e. in Selling Networks
  • Team that need to collaborate

 How long should a mentoring relationship last?

In the formal Corporate Mentoring programs designed by Atom Wave, the duration is pre-determined, usually between 9-12 months.  If however, a mentoring pair choose to continue their relationship after the program closure, they are free to do so.

How often and for how long do mentors meet mentees?

At least once a month even if it is a telephone or e-mail contact. On average, at Atom Wave programs, mentors meet mentees about 6-8 times. Each session lasts on average about 1,5 hr.

How important is the confidentiality issue?

Confidentiality is a key success factor in order for a mentoring relationship to work. The mentee needs to feel trust in order to open up and discuss areas for development, concerns, career choices.

Success Factors of Mentoring Programs

  • Link the mentoring program to key organizational goals.
  • Decide how mentors and mentees will be selected and how this decision will be communicated.
  • Specify a transparent process for matching mentors with mentees.
  • Train both mentors and mentees in their role.
  • Maintain high standards of ethics and especially confidentiality
  • Set processes for monitoring and program evaluation