Mentoring ActivitiesMentoring activities can encompass a wide and vast array of things a mentor can do to help promote the development of their subject. Activities can range from exposure to certain aspects of a business that the learning individual would not otherwise have access to on their own, or simply a guiding voice or presence to help them navigate a difficult or unknown new experience. Mentoring activities can even be as simple as time spend where the pupil can merely observe the mentor while the mentor is preforming some aspect of their job or daily activity. These mentoring activities should be tailored to the pupil and in direct relation to the aspect in which the mentor is trying to transfer their knowledge and understanding. In many cases, the activities will be fun for both parties; a learning experience for your subject and a reminder of your own growth and thought process.

One great way to expand on the effectiveness of your mentoring activities is to explore the basic skills your pupil has and needs to develop. Once you have assessed this you may see logical gaps in their learning process and evaluation of the subject matter. You must plan mentoring activities that close these gaps. For example, if a pupil does not have a total understanding of the shipping aspect of a business, the mentor may want to arrange a field trip to that department where the process can be examined in a hands on approach by the pupil. In the case of a broader mentor, such as a life mentor, the pupil may not understand how to do something as simple as navigate a government entity. By scheduling a field trip to this location, the mentor can accompany them and answer any of the questions they may have. This also opens up an the time to challenge the pupil to do thing they might not on their own such as ask questions of the employees when confused, and watch how the mentor acts behaves when talking to subordinates and authority figures.

Mentoring activities can take the experience of the pupil out of the realm of theory and place it into the realm of practical application. You can become a more effective mentor by exploring what activities help the student grow and what activities they are inherently skilled at fulfilling without your help. Mentoring activities also allow a mentor to assess if their advice and teachings are effective in promoting growth in their student. These mentoring activities allow the mentor to assess how deeply their guidance is needed from situation to situation, and help evaluate what techniques and lessons are working and which should be abandoned or tailored differently for each subject.