FAQ - Mentees

  • What is Reach?

    Reach is a non-profit organization incorporated in the DIFC designed for mentoring and supporting females in the UAE as they progress through their careers.

  • What is mentoring?

    Mentoring is a partnership, where mentor and mentee work collaboratively towards the achievement of mutually defined goals that will develop the mentee’s skills, abilities, knowledge or thinking.

  • Why should I have a mentor?

    In one study with people who had experienced real mentors, half of them said the mentoring experience “changed my life”.

    Organizations that continuously support mentoring achieve outstanding results, reporting increased retention rates, improved morale, increased job satisfaction and commitment, accelerated leadership development, better succession planning, reduced stress and stronger and more cohesive teams.

  • How will a mentor work with me?

    Your mentor will be an independent voice, outside your direct sphere of activity. You can bounce ideas off them without fear of comeback

    They will help you to:
    • Identify challenges and obstacles
    • Come up with a strategy for dealing with these challenges and obstacles
    • Discuss achievements and setbacks along the way
    • Sustain success in the long-term

    A good mentor is a tutor, always challenging you, inspiring you and demanding that you do your best. Mentors can improve confidence and support your career development. They have a wealth of professional experience that will shape how they guide and they have put time aside to foster your growth and development.

  • How can I be sure that my mentor and I will work well together?

    All mentors and mentees will be fully trained and supported during the year-long program.

  • How do I know if I’m qualified to be a mentee?

    Mentee Characteristics:

    • Has integrity (abides by strong ethics)
    • Open, honest & transparent about their needs
    • Set realistic expectations of mentoring relationship
    • Strong value system
    • Good listener
    • Patient & interest in learning & sharing with others
    • Tolerant of others and their point of view
    • Punctual (awareness of time & importance to respect others time)
    • Professional (at work with colleagues, highly regarded in the workforce)
    • Positive (solution provider and not a complainer)
    • Good communicator
    • Respects confidentiality
    • Accessible (responsive to others emails/calls)
    • Is not afraid to ask
    • Seeks and accepts feedback
    • Strong follow-through and responsiveness
    • Shares success stories
    • Has clear goals/objectives
    • Motivated & enthusiastic
    • Open to learning from others

FAQ - Mentors

  • What is Reach?

    Reach is a non-profit organization incorporated in the DIFC designed for mentoring and supporting females in the UAE as they progress through their careers.

  • What is mentoring?

    Mentoring is a partnership, where mentor and mentee work collaboratively towards the achievement of mutually defined goals that will develop the mentee’s skills, abilities, knowledge or thinking.

  • Why should I be a mentor?

    In one study with people who had experienced real mentors, half of them said the mentoring experience “changed my life”.

    Organizations that continuously support mentoring achieve outstanding results, reporting increased retention rates, improved morale, increased job satisfaction and commitment, accelerated leadership development, better succession planning, reduced stress and stronger and more cohesive teams.

    However, it is not just about what the mentee and the organization achieve from the experience, mentors also benefit from giving their time, experience and expertise to others.

    The skills needed to be a mentor (see below) are transferable to a wide range of contexts to assist career progression, including management – organizations need good ‘people managers’ with active listening skills and good judgment of someone’s skills and potential. The mentoring relationship enables you to:

    • Develop strengths (yours and theirs)
    • Check assumptions (yours and theirs)
    • Clarify misunderstandings (yours and theirs)
    • Work with people from different contexts and backgrounds
    • Practice offering positive and constructive feedback
    • Generate workable solutions together in a mutually respectful way
    • Motivate, advice and support whilst empowering someone to make their own decisions and take responsibility for their own actions and development

    Additionally, there is increased job and personal satisfaction – the rewards of seeing someone you’ve helped progress and succeed are immeasurable.

  • How will a mentee work with me?

    A good mentor is a guide, always challenging, inspiring and demanding that their mentee does their best. They facilitate the development of others through teaching, empowering, counseling and supporting

    Teaches Empowers Counsels Supports
    Model Affirm Listen Respect 
    Inform Inspire Probe Guide
    Confirm Clarify Confidential
    Prescribe  Advise
    Coach  Encourage
    Question Challenge
  • How can I be sure that my mentee and I will work well together?

    All mentors and mentees will be fully trained and supported during the year-long program

  • How do I know if I’m qualified to be a mentor?

    Mentor Characteristics:

    • Has integrity (abides by strong ethics)
    • Honest
    • Credible
    • Acts as a positive role model
    • Strong value system
    • Good listener
    • Strong network
    • Patience & interest to learn
    • Tolerant of others and their point of view
    • Punctual (awareness of time & importance to respect others time)
    • Professional (at work with colleagues, highly regarded in the workforce)
    • Positive (solution provider and not a complainer)
    • Guides well but does not dictate (asks open questions) – acts as a sounding board
    • Shares personal experiences and insights
    • Good communicator
    • Respects confidentiality
    • Accessible (responsive to others’ emails/calls)
    • Provide insight through sharing experiences
    • Acknowledges, celebrates and supports achievements
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