This time last year (ish), I wrote this post for Thing 11 on the subject of Mentors and Mentoring: http://fredonboard.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/thing-11-i-love-my-mentor.html
Based on this CPD 23 Things post, updated for 2012: http://cpd23.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/thing-11-mentoring.html
Well, Theatre grad needs a mentor: http://theatregrad.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/thing-11-i-am-still-in-need-of-a-mentor/ and I've just had to give up my wonderful mentor, having (hopefully, fingers crossed) finished my Chartership portfolio and epic journey. But I still have my fabulous colleague, T, to cheer me on. She's been encouraging me to apply for jobs at the WHO of late, which I'll look into when I get a spare moment at home, where I can think. It's good to look at job ads, to see which SKILLS I need to develop and work on still, to see what else I can do, and what else I can do right here, in my current job! It is really helpful to have someone at work to talk to and get support from. I hope that I can mentor some colleagues here too, as they are starting out in their LIS careers and need the odd bit of encouragement to apply for jobs, learn some new skills, get some experience out of our library environment.
"A mentor is part coach, part cheerleader, part protagonist, part
antagonist, and mostly a realist. As one mentee once said about his
mentor, “don’t tell me how great I am, I can call my mom if I want to
hear that.” A mentor provides a dose of reality mixed with advice on how
to improve." - from http://learnthat.com/2007/12/how-to-find-a-mentor/