We all know PDT’s commitments. As a firm, we are committed to:
The mentoring framework builds on these commitments which we make to ourselves and each other. We want to provide the opportunity, for every single person at PDT (if and when it is right for them to do so), to have support, be able to develop and to keep enjoying and feeling fulfilled in what they do.
Each One To Teach One is for everyone who would like to be a part of it. It is completely voluntary and there is no pressure to join. You can take part as a mentor and/or a mentee.
We believe that everyone (1) has something to learn or benefit from others and (2) has valuable experiences, expertise and support to offer to others.
The mentoring framework will always be available to you. If you don’t take part now you can always do so in the future. We do not expect everyone to get involved straight away: it is an opportunity, not an obligation, and when that ‘opportunity’ is right for you (as a mentee or mentor) will vary for everyone – it may be now, in six months’ time, or later.
A good mentoring partnership has many benefits – the specifics of which will vary depending on the nature, scope and objectives of a particular partnership. This can include:
This is not an exhaustive list! That said, we hope it illustrates just how broad these partnerships can be and a few of the ways they can help ourselves and each other.
The mentoring partnerships are not ‘one size fits all’.
Every partnership will be individual. Each one is about the mentee’s objectives and what works for both of you. The scope, nature and objectives of each partnership will be different.
You have the freedom and flexibility to drive this partnership. If your partnership is different to someone else’s, and has a different approach or objectives, that is fine!
There are, however, some basic expectations and commitments we expect from everyone who participates in the mentoring framework. We ask you to:
Anyone can put themselves forward to be a mentor and/or mentee at any time. We don’t expect everyone to feel the need, or have the time, to take this on straight away (and you may join/step back at various stages in the longer term).
All you need to do is fill out the simple form which will be sent to you by email. You can also find it on the Teams Each One To Teach One channel.
We want to make the process as simple as possible but some details are helpful so we can make the best match for you. It’s not a test (or an essay!) but it is a good opportunity for you to think about exactly what you can offer and/or are looking for in a mentoring partnership. Some questions ask for information about you. Please feel free to give as much or as little information as you want – it just helps us to get the right match.
If there’s a partnership that’s right for you, once you’ve been matched, it’s up to you and your mentoring partner to move this forward! It’s up to you two to define your particular partnership and make it a success.
In addition, schedule time to see your mentor/mentee. Agree how regularly you will meet (this might change over time and as needs/situations vary). On top of that, mentees should always be able to approach their mentor outside of scheduled meetings: don’t store your concerns up!
All of the above applies to both mentors and mentees. It is a partnership: both roles will bring something to the table. Mentees in particular should retain self responsibility but the partnership as a whole should be interactive and reciprocal.
We’re on hand for anything from a straightforward question, to explaining something before you decide to fill out the form, to providing support and assistance to you as mentees and mentors.