What is mentoring?
Mentoring has been defined in many different ways but it's basically a system of semi-structured guidance whereby one person shares their knowledge, skills and experience to assist others to progress in their own lives and careers. Mentors need to be readily accessible and prepared to offer help as the need arises - within agreed bounds.
Mentoring is rather more than 'giving advice', or passing on what your experience was in a particular area or situation. It's about motivating and empowering the other person to identify their own issues and goals, and helping them to find ways of resolving or reaching them - not by doing it for them, or expecting them to 'do it the way I did it', but by understanding and respecting different ways of working.
Mentoring is not counseling or therapy - though the mentor may help the mentee to access more specialized avenues of help if it becomes apparent that this would be the best way forward.