1. What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a process based on the concept of apprenticeship, in which more accomplished individuals (Mentors) provide guidance, advice and support to their less experienced counterparts (Mentees) who are determined to follow a similar path. Mentoring has been proven to be effective in enabling people to overcome challenges and uncertainties associated with an environment that they are not familiar with, such as new work roles or any other major transitions to new stages of their professional lives.
2. What is Bimbing?
Bimbing is a platform that connects like-minded people to achieve their best potential. Through Bimbing, Mentees can connect with accomplished Mentors and get advice on finding their passion and making it a reality. Mentees can simply select their chosen Mentor based on the industry/passion that they want to explore further.
3. Why is mentoring important?
A Mentor-Mentee relationship adds a great deal of value for both parties. A good Mentor can help Mentees define their career goals and the strategies required to achieve those goals. Mentors report many benefits as well, including opportunity to build leadership skills, enhancing skills in coaching, counseling, listening and becoming a role model. More importantly, mentoring can provide both parties with meaningful professional connections and network, which would be beneficial for both parties in furthering their professional careers.
4. How much does it cost me to use Bimbing?
Our platform is completely free of charge to use!
5. How can I communicate with my Mentor/Mentee?
Currently, we recommend three effective means of communication for Mentees to connect with their Mentors as listed below:
- Face-to-face: you can meet up with your Mentor or Mentee in person. This enables a more personalized mentoring session that could be more beneficial to achieve your mentoring goals. We suggest meeting for coffee for the first meeting, however this is completely up to the Mentor and Mentee.
- Video call: you can have a video call with your Mentor or Mentee. This is great when meeting face-to-face is difficult due to locational constraints. We suggest using video conference software for this such as Skype or WhatsApp video call.
- Phone call: you can have a phone call with your Mentor or Mentee. This is beneficial as a first point of contact with your Mentor or Mentee. This would also be advantageous if there are locational constraints. We recommend that you use Skype or WhatsApp if you are located in a different country from your Mentor or Mentee.
6. How can I recommend Bimbing to a friend, family member or work colleague?
You can take part in our referral program by referring your friends, family, or colleagues who you believe would meet the criteria either as an accomplished Mentor or an ambitious Mentee. You can simply refer them by submitting their email addresses through the link on the bottom right of the page and we will take care of the rest.
7. Do you offer Mentoring in groups?
At this point in time, we are focused on one-on-one mentoring programs. We believe that one-on-one mentoring yields the most effective results in finding and pursuing the Mentee’s passion.
8. What if things are not working out between me and my Mentor/Mentee?
We understand that sometimes things do not work out. However, it is important to try and solve the issues at its root. Firstly, identify what issues you are having with your Mentor/Mentee. Try to talk it through with your Mentor/Mentee on how you both could solve the problem, whilst keeping an open mind. If you think things are not going to work out after talking it through, you are encouraged to connect with other Mentors or Mentees who you believe would be better aligned with your passion.
9. Will the personal and professional information I share through Bimbing be kept confidential?
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us and we strive to keep your non-public information confidential. Both parties will are required to agree to our Terms of Service, which includes a confidentiality clause before using our platform. For further information please refer to our Terms of Service.
10. Can I terminate my Bimbing account?
You can email as at [email protected] stating that you want to terminate your account and we will take care of the rest.
1. What are the benefits of becoming a Mentor?
There are numerous benefits to becoming a Mentor, which we have outlined below:
- Demonstrates expertise and shares knowledge
- Opportunity to build leadership skills
- Enhances skills in coaching, counselling, listening and becoming a role model
- Contributes to the professional development of a Mentee
- Gains insights and different perspectives from future members of the profession
- Gives back to the community
- Builds relationships with potential entrants to the workforce
- And many more…
2. How can I sign up to be a Mentor?
- Fill out and submit the Mentor Application Form
- Your application will go through our initial screening process, which should take around 1 to 3 days
- If you pass our initial screening process, we will contact you directly for a telephone or video interview (if required)
- Once you have passed the screening process, we will list your Mentor profile in Bimbing’s Mentor list and you can update your profile accordingly
3. How do I start connecting with a Mentee?
Since the Mentees are the ones that initiate contact you can view your inbox for potential Mentees looking to connect. Don’t worry if it is empty, finding quality Mentees takes time. Other possible ideas would be to update your profile to include further details on how you can help the Mentees in finding and pursuing their passion.
4. What should I do as a Mentor?
Generally the role of the Mentor is to:
- Teach, guide and help shape the professional and personal growth and learning of the Mentee and to serve as a positive role model
- Shares his/her background, skills and interests to exhibit how he/she can help the Mentee
- Helps Mentee set career/educational goals
- Provides encouragement for building self-confidence and self-esteem
- Actively listen to the Mentees concerns and provide solutions and/or guidance
- Acts as a resource for information about their career/passion
- Educates Mentees on workplace expectations
- Value any feedback the Mentee may have
- Serves as a positive role model
- Maintains confidentiality at all times
5. What qualifications do I need to become a Mentor?
We do not require certain qualifications to make you eligible to become a Mentor. However, it is essential for you to be able to convince us that you can guide your potential Mentees in reaching their goals through the experience that you have had in your field of expertise. The following is a list of the essential skills that we believe would make an accomplished Mentor:
- Self-Awareness: you should have a good understanding of your own strengths and development needs.
- Industry know-how: you should know how to get things done at your field of expertise and how things work.
- Credibility: you should have personal and professional credibility, this may include being a member of relevant organizations.
- Accessibility: you should be willing and able to commit sufficient time to your mentee to offer support and guidance.
- Communication: you need excellent communication skills and be able to understanding the ideas and feelings of others. You also need to be a great listener.
- Ability to empower: you should be able to create a working environment where it is safe for individuals to try out different things, allowing them to contribute in different ways.
- A desire to help others develop: you should understand how individuals develop and have experience, either formally or informally, of developing others.
- Inventiveness: be open to new ways of doing things and different ways of working.
- Empathy: Ability to empathize with others.
- Understanding: You should be prepared to try to understand different perspectives, approaches and possibly backgrounds of different Mentees.
6. How much time would be involved if I volunteered to be a Mentor?
It often takes less time than you expect to volunteer as a Mentor. We believe you would only need to dedicate around 2 to 5 hours per week on average to make yourself accountable in improving the lives of your Mentees.
1. What are the benefits of becoming a Mentee?
There are numerous benefits to becoming a Mentee, which we have outlined below:
- Access to potential internships and job opportunities
- Assistance in defining career goals, strategies and outcomes
- Develops a meaningful professional relationship with Mentor
- Increase professional connections and network
- Gains knowledge of workplace expectations
- Builds self-advocacy skills and confidence to be successful
- And many more…
2. How can I sign up to be a Mentee?
3. Who do I choose to be my Mentor?
Who you choose as a Mentor is a personal decision that you need to make. However, we suggest that you choose a Mentor that is in the field that you are interested in finding out about or breaking into. For example if you are interested in consulting it is generally a good idea to choose a mentor working in a consulting firm, given their previous experience in that field.
4. How do I start connecting with a Mentor?
You can go to Bimbing’s Mentor list to screen the selection of our accomplished Mentors. You can simply send a message to any potential Mentor who you believe would be helpful in reaching your goals through our website. After you have messaged your potential Mentor, simply wait for his/her response on how the two of you can start your Bimbing journey.
5. What should I do as a Mentee?
Generally the role of the Mentee is to:
- Assesses his/her own educational and/or professional strengths, learning and developmental needs
- Seek guidance and constructive feedback on his/her professional development and career goals
- Follows through on commitments and goals
- Be coachable, actively listen and be receptive to the Mentor’s guidance and input
- Openly shares successes and failures
- Takes advantage of opportunities presented by the Mentor
- Takes responsibility for keeping in regular contact with Mentor and actively participates in the relationship
- Respects the Mentor’s time
- Maintains confidentiality at all times
6. Can I have more than one Mentor?
Yes! This can be quite beneficial. However, it is important to have different goals for each of those mentoring relationships.
7. When is the best time to have a Mentor?
There is no best time to have a Mentor. You can get a Mentor when you feel that you need guidance on which path to take, how to break into a chosen path you already have in mind or if you are thinking of learning about another passion. Having said that it is important that you can commit to your scheduled meetings with your Mentor to best benefit from their guidance.
8. How much time would be involved if I volunteered to be a Mentee?
The time investment would completely be up to you and the availability of the Mentor. However, as a general guideline we suggest at least 1 hour per week at the minimum to utilize the full benefit of the Bimbing platform.