When face-to-face mentoring is not possible for members (due to difficulties with distance or there is no local mentor/mentee availability) e-mentoring will be suggested and co-ordinated by the IET. E-mentoring refers to a mentoring relationship conducted mainly by email.
The key benefit to any mentoring relationship is communication, whether it's through face-to-face meetings, email, telephone or even Skype.
It's important that you have an agreement in place so you both know when it's convenient to make contact, what your goals are and what you both want to get out of the relationship.
We currently have 46 active local networks outside the UK, most of these networks have mentors available who are ready to support members. Many mentors are happy to mentor across borders or to support mentees from another area, as it is not always possible to find a mentor within the mentee's local area.
Our non-UK mentors can offer the same guidance and support as the mentors within the UK. Please ensure you know what guidance is needed and whether the mentor can help.
When mentoring, it's important that you take into consideration a number of issues and these become particularly important when managing a relationship between those from different countries or backgrounds.
Equality and Diversity.
Equality simply means treating everyone fairly for the purpose of creating a fairer society.
Diversity means difference, and it is important to be aware of where differences occur but to not treat people differently because of them. Diversity comes in many forms and is around us each and every day.
The career options section offers information on working globally, please take a look through it and familiarise yourself with the potential issues which may face members in this situation.
When mentoring within a global organisation, such as the IET, you need to be aware of cultural differences and backgrounds. It is also important that you consider how an individual's identity may impact on their mentoring relationship.
Not everyone finds meeting new people easy, nor talking to them for the first time. So understanding their situation is important.
A few of these potential differences are listed below:
This is why, when it comes to mentoring, you need to think how this relationship could differ from any you have previously had, or will have and act accordingly.
If you are e-mentoring across time zones, the time difference may also be a factor to consider when arranging meetings or contacting your mentee or mentor.