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Professional Academy Diploma in Mentoring for Professional Development

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Gain the knowledge and confidence to enrich your professional career with mentoring skills. Learn to be both a mentor to others and a mentee as part of a balanced lifelong learning and development process. Designed to equip you with the essential toolkit to excel in mentoring relationships, this interactive course helps you use mentoring techniques to solve problems, drive motivation, and improve performance.

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Starts 19 Sep — Ends 05 Dec 24

Part-time / evening
  • Live online lectures with an industry expert
  • 10 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week
  • Thursdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • €1700

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Why UCD Professional Academy?

  • Valuable, trusted certification
  • Industry expert lecturers
  • Flexible learning options

Mentoring for Professional Development Course Modules

This exciting and practical course uses real-world examples to help you understand the concepts learned and will involve active participation and role play with fellow students. You will embark on a journey of self-discovery and learn how to make the most of any mentoring relationship. From understanding the intricate nuances of the mentoring process to cultivating effective communication and active listening skills, you'll gain the tools to inspire, guide, and empower others, with a strong focus on knowledge retention and knowledge transfer. Dive into concepts such as emotional intelligence, feedback delivery, and mentoring dynamics as you learn to create a supportive and goal-oriented environment. You will also discover the key elements of a successful mentoring programme, including boundaries, structures, and monitoring. Become stronger professionally and start to make a lasting impact on others.

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1. Introduction To Mentoring

Dive into mentoring - its importance, its benefits, and its differences from coaching. Look at the concepts and principles of mentoring and the roles and responsibilities of mentors and mentees.

  • The focus of the course
  • The rules of engagement
  • The assessment process
  • Mentoring versus coaching versus counselling
  • Establishing a mentoring culture

2. The Mentoring Process

Explore the step-by-step process of mentoring, including establishing goals, building trust, fostering open communication, providing guidance and support, and evaluating progress. Learn how to effectively navigate each stage of the mentoring relationship.

  • The role of the mentor
  • The role of the mentee
  • Beginning and managing the mentoring relationship

3. Management Styles

Explore different management styles and their impact on mentoring relationships. Understand your own management style and how it may influence your approach to mentoring. Learn how to adapt your mentoring style to meet the needs of individual mentees.

  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Skills and qualities of a good mentor
  • When to mentor

4. Mentoring For Professional Development

Learn to leverage mentoring as a powerful tool for professional growth. Explore topics such as setting career goals, identifying skills gaps, creating development plans, and providing constructive feedback to facilitate career development.

  • Reflective observation
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Mentoring and processes

5. Maintaining Motivation

Understand the challenges of sustaining motivation throughout the mentoring relationship. Look at strategies and techniques that help to inspire and motivate mentees, overcome obstacles, and maintain momentum towards achieving goals.

  • What is motivation?
  • Models of motivation
  • Impact on the mentoring process

6. Mentoring & Emotional Intelligence

Understand the role of emotional intelligence in mentoring relationships. Develop a deeper understanding of emotions, empathy, and self-awareness to effectively connect with others, foster trust, and create a supportive environment for growth.

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Emotional regulation
  • Positive intelligence model
  • Barriers and how to overcome them

7. Feedback In The Mentoring Process

Understand the importance of feedback in mentoring relationships. Learn techniques for delivering constructive feedback, promoting a growth mindset, and creating a feedback loop that facilitates continuous improvement for both mentors and mentees.

  • Managing difficult conversations
  • Preparation for difficult conversations
  • Preparing and delivering feedback

8. Communication & Listening Skills

Develop your communication and listening skills, which are crucial for effective mentoring. Look at active listening techniques, effective questioning, non-verbal communication, and conflict resolution strategies to foster open and productive communication.

  • The communication process
  • Barriers to communication
  • The person-centred approach
  • Listening skills

9. Team Mentoring

Understand the specific dynamics of mentoring within a team or group setting. Explore the unique challenges and benefits of team mentoring, discover strategies for managing group dynamics, and learn how to create a collaborative learning environment for all participants.

  • Team development
  • High-performing teams
  • Mentoring in a remote or hybrid environment

10. Developing A Mentoring Programme

Learn how to design a sustainable mentoring programme within your own organisation. Understand how mentor and mentee selection, matching processes, boundary setting, good structure, and monitoring and review will ensure the long-term success of your mentoring initiative.

  • Organisational considerations
  • Personal development and training culture
  • Measurement

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Students taking part in this course will now have access to the EBSCO Online Library, free of charge, for the full duration of the course. Here you can browse thousands of relevant journals, articles and other reliable academic and commercial texts like the Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes Magazine, to supplement your learning and assignments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course right for me?

This course would suit anyone who wants to continue developing their professional careers and become more successful in seeking, establishing, and driving productive mentorship relationships. It is particularly relevant for individuals who have built up expertise and knowledge and now want to contribute in a structured, productive, and rewarding way. It would also be beneficial for professionals who are planning to implement mentorship programmes in their organisations and would like a good understanding of the dynamics and benefits of mentorship. This course focuses on mentoring and does not cover coaching skills.

How will this course help with my career?

A well-rounded professional has a wide range of soft and hard skills, and mentoring expertise is a powerful tool for career progression. To be of true value in an organisation, your ability to empower and bring value to others is as important as the role-specific skills and knowledge you possess. Demonstrating your ability to both mentor and be mentored, this course will give you the confidence to discuss interview topics such as problem solving using mentorship techniques, applying emotional intelligence, and strategies for improving motivation and therefore performance.

What is the learning experience like?

Many of our courses are now available in a variety of formats. All formats cover the same course content. You now have more choice in how you learn with us:

Live Online

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience.

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students.

On Campus

UCD Professional Academy is delighted to welcome learners back on the UCD Belfield Campus. On Campus courses are delivered in-person with our industry experts in the O'Brien Science building.

On Demand

On Demand courses enable you to complete your course on your own schedule. Course modules are delivered in the form of one “lesson”. The lesson is broken up into short videos followed by activities designed to put the new information and concepts into practice through exercises, quizzes, forum participation and other activities.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

This course is assessed through two assignments, a weekly reflective log in the form of a journal and a final written project, allowing you to demonstrate your understanding of the course material and how it applies in a real-world scenario such as your current role. The journal (worth 40% of your assessment) is completed weekly and the final project (worth 60% of your assessment) of approximately 3,000 words is submitted after the end of the course. This will demonstrate the depth of your understanding of the opportunities and challenges of mentoring and how they can influence the growth and development of a team within an organisation.

How do I get my Professional Academy Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this certificate to your LinkedIn profile.

What are the benefits of a Professional Academy Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy Diplomas and Certificates are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals. Professional Academy Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy is an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

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What payment options are available?

A place on any of our part-time & on demand courses can be secured with a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

For full-time Bootcamp courses, 100% of the course fee should be paid before starting.

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