Coaching and mentoring are often used interchangeably and they do have a lot of elements in common. However, where coaching is limited to a certain number of sessions and focusing on specific dilemmas, mentoring is an on-going process that often takes place at work where someone with more experience or identified as someone with a skill set that is needed will mentor a fellow colleague. Mentoring can also take place with a mentor from outside the organisation; in fact this can often bring a fresh perspective and be hugely beneficial. One such scheme is Aspire Foundation founded by Dr Sam Collins. Click here to read more. m coaching supports this scheme as a mentor.

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Mentoring can work in terms of professional and personal development of people in all types of employment, but can also be specific to a role or area within a business. My expertise lies within marketing communications, and I have spent the last 15 years running my own marketing consultancy Bradfield Consulting, but I can work in all areas and at all levels if required.