Peer mentorship or Expert mentorship? What’s the difference?
It all started with the idea about peer-to- peer mentoring, a mutual learning, friendship and support process between you and the person who will seriously take the task to make you happy and successful. Besides, our special aim was to ignite as many cross-continental and multicultural mentorship relations as possible.
But in the process of developing we have found out that the mentorships are just “a stone” in the wider “learning“ picture, and that the peer mentoring has unexplored potential. Based on our four years of experiences within C:F and C:F Alumna, we are 100% sure that many young mentors have much to offer. In reality, some people who have only 1 or 2 years of expertise might appear as better mentors than some people who have 20 years of experience for the pure fact that they are simply better at teaching and nurturing thoughts and ideas. So, why not to give such young high-achievers the opportunity to be recognized as the expert mentors, teachers, especially when we are facing a big challenge how to bridge the gap between real-world skills, relevant education, and employment.
Therefore, Growr is providing you with two kinds of mentorship and the choice is completely yours: either select only peer-to-peer, or select expert mentorship from 10 skills categories and combine all!
What is Peer mentorship?
The peer to peer mentoring is a mutual learning and friendship relation. The peer mentor will care for the whole person and not just the academic or career side of a person. The peer mentor will also seriously take the task to support the mentee, to challenge her/him with new ideas, and to encourage the mentee to move beyond the things that are most comfortable. Most peer mentors are picked for their confidence, empathy, social skills and reliability.
What is Expert mentorship?
The expert mentorship is when you need support, advice and encouragements for more specific skills, tasks, projects, goals. It is built on transfer of the knowledge, skills and of competences based on mentors expertise and experiences.
The idea is that there is no encouragement that the mentor’s goals, aspirations or dreams are reproduced in the mentee; even better: the idea is that the mentees take the possibility to use the knowledge in their own manner, writing down their own history.
Last but not least, we will provide mentors and mentees with multiple evaluation opportunities throughout the process that will also help you build your profile. Who knows, you might generate some income out of it in the future or you will look much more appealing to your next employer!