The role of mentor involves offering advice, guidance and support to someone more junior in experience and usually age. This job facilitates the development and learning of an individual with a view to preparing them for responsibilities in the world of work. Mentors can be employed in all walks of life and in many industries.
On this page are listed a number of recruitment agencies with experience in filling mentor staff in various industries across the UK.
The role of mentor is normally one that is only possible after a number of years in a particular field. For example, a business mentor would only be able to offer such advice after many years of success in business. But in other areas, it may not take so long. A physical training mentor, employed to support and guide someone with physical training goals, may in fact be fairly young, or even younger than their client.
Being a mentor may not require any qualifications, although they will help in securing such a role. Instead, vast experience in a subject is usually required in order to give broad-ranging support to the person being mentored.
Some companies may run in-house mentor training schemes, depending on the sector.
Working patterns focus on scheduled meetings with clients, but will normally be 9 to 5, 37 to 40 hours a week. Pay can vary a great deal depending on the industry and experience of the mentor, but will often be high.