Coaching and mentoring
Charles Sturt encourages a coaching culture to develop the skills, knowledge and capability of our workforce. Coaching can be applied in your daily work practices by your manager, supervisor and those who have specialist knowledge or skills to support you.
Mentoring is designed to support and progress you during your career and life development.
Coaching is about unlocking your potential to maximise your own performance. It is about helping you to learn rather than teaching you.
The essential part of coaching is to help you learn to silence your inner voice and allow your instincts, or subconscious, to take over. Sometimes that means distracting it, and sometimes it’s about exploring the ‘worst case scenario’ and removing the fear.
Benefits of coaching
There are many benefits for both the individual and organisation.
Mentoring is a partnership between two people which provides support, help and advice along an individual’s career path.
- An ongoing relationship that can last for a short or long period of time – it depends on the individual
- Flexible and at times can be informal. Meetings can occur as needed, such as when advice, guidance or support is required. Other relationships can be more structured where there are set times for meetings.
- Focused on developing the employee for the purpose of growing their career
An employee may seek a mentor for a variety of reasons, including:
- Expanding skills and knowledge
- Creating meaningful connections
- Developing leadership skills
- Helping with career progression.