1. One on One Mentoring (1:1)
The most notable and traditional method of mentoring is on a one-to-one basis. This is where one mentor and mentee enter a mentoring relationship with the aim of guidance and support that is typically in the area of the mentor’s expertise. The mentor can directly share knowledge and offer developmental advice that helps the mentee achieve their goal of progression, for example.
2. Group Mentoring
This is also quite a common practice and helps when coaching and mentoring are needed to impact more mentees in a shorter time frame. This type of mentoring is beneficial if there is a shortage of mentors or if something needs to be delivered quickly and efficiently. Group mentoring also offers the benefit of teamwork, support, and inclusion, which can be especially practical for inductions and onboarding.
3. Virtual Mentoring
Becoming more and more popular and viable in current times, virtual mentoring runs to the same principles and one-to-one mentoring only without location restrictions on either party. Mentoring can still work just as effectively even when offered virtually. With companies offering this as a mentoring method, it competes strongly with the ongoing pandemic and the need for remote working.
Existing mentorships can transition to virtual mentoring, and in new mentoring relationships, both parties are able to navigate this unfamiliar territory together.
4. Team Mentoring
This method is quite similar to group mentoring, only involving more mentors in a group. This type of mentoring caters to mentees with different needs and attributes and encourages diversity. Typically used in sports, team mentoring allows different viewpoints to be heard and a range of perspectives to receive guidance from.
5. Reverse Mentoring
In the same way that one-to-one mentoring works, reverse mentoring has the same kind of structure, only that a more junior person mentors a more senior person. Both parties can learn from each other and have input, but the reverse mentoring construct makes it a formal process, so it doesn’t just end with the junior listening to the senior. This type of mentoring is especially useful today when companies need updating or fresh ideas to maintain their success.
Along with different formats for mentorship, there are also plenty of use cases. Together has experience & best practices servicing the use cases below, along with many others.
For more information, check out the article: Different types of mentoring and their uses