“Creative mentorship” affirms mentoring as a tool of personal and professional development, strengthens the capacities of the cultural sector and provides support to prospective professionals interested in developing, networking and sharing knowledge and experience. We want to build, gather and support a community of motivated and socially responsible individuals that will contribute to the development of a society based on creativity, culture, knowledge and mutual cooperation.


Preparatory questions for the first mentoring session – mentor

The first session with your mentee is essential. Besides introducing you to each other, it sets the basic guidelines for the future communication. A well established rapport between the mentor and the mentee is a key to the successful mentoring process. In a way, the mentor is a guardian of this rapport, primarily because of his/her rich knowledge and experience. It should be clear from the beginning that mentor’s role is not to solve mentee’s problems and challenges, but to support him/her in dealing with them.

According to the experience gained from the “Creative Mentorship” programme, it is fundamental that the mentor prepares for the first mentoring session – reflects on his/her expectations, as well as on what (s)he can offer and suggest to the mentee in the upcoming period.

  • Think about topics from your private and professional life that you would like to share with your mentee.
  • Why did you decide to be a mentor?
  • What could you offer to your mentee?
  • What questions will you ask him/her – how will you lead the conversation?
  • How would you like to arrange the frequency and topics of your sessions?
  • How will you know whether the mentoring process is functioning? What will be the indicator of a(n) (un)successful mentoring process?