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Formality of a Mentoring Program

The formality of a mentoring program should be based on the purpose of the program.

Formal

Formal programs are organized around the needs of the mentee.  These programs identify specific expectations, activities, projected outcomes and a set duration in which the mentoring activities will be conducted. 

  • Pros:
    • Offers a format that is easily tracked
    • Establishes formal processes and procedures that help reduce mentor-mentee uncertainty
    • Defines a target audience from which to recruit participants
    • Outlines processes for managing dysfunctional mentor-mentee relationships
    • Increases completion rates
  • Cons:
    • Requires longer commitment from participants
    • Requires specific mentor training
    • Requires more time to develop program plans, tracking methods and to establish the support structure for participants

Informal

Informal programs are also based on the purpose of the program however a looser structure enables participants to become involved and/or discontinue activities at their own convenience.

  • Pros:
    • Requires shorter time commitment
    • Requires less pre-program planning and development
    • Requires less mentor training
    • Facilitates a faster implementation
  • Cons:
    • Increases uncertainty within mentor-mentee relationship
    • Produces less measurable outcomes
    • Offers fewer alternatives to manage dysfunctional mentor-mentee relationships
 
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