Types of Mentoring Programs that MentoringComplete Supports

MentoringComplete handles the major types of mentoring: managed, self-directed, group, and hybrid.

What is a managed mentoring program?

In this traditional model, one mentor is matched with one mentoree, and a trained program manager monitors the match’s progress over the course of 9-12 months. Usually, the matches are deliberate; the mentoring program manager pairs two people together based on certain criteria, such as experience, skill sets, goals, personality, and a variety of other factors.

What is a self-directed mentoring program?

Self-directed mentoring offers some of the features provided by one-on-one mentoring. The main difference is that mentors and mentorees are not interviewed and matched accordingly by a mentoring program manager. Instead, mentors agree to add their names to a list of available mentors from which a mentoree can choose. It’s up to a mentoree to initiate the process, asking one of the volunteer mentors for assistance.

What is a group mentoring program?

Group mentoring requires a mentor to work with four to six mentorees at one time. The group meets once or twice a month to discuss various topics. Combining senior and peer mentoring, the mentor as well as the peers help one another learn and develop appropriate skills/knowledge. Matching is done by the program manager.

What is a "hybrid" mentoring program?

We also offer Hybrid Mentoring, which combines any of the above models (or variations of them) to maximize the effectiveness of creating a mentoring culture and to get a greater return on your investment in mentoring. 

For an additional fee, we also offer Anytime Mentoring, which is based on a social learning platform for knowledge sharing and development. Anyone can be a mentor or mentoree as they wish and establish as many relationships as they like.

Interested in learning more about these mentoring models as well as others? Download our free white paper: corporate mentoring models – one size doesn’t fit all.