What is a mentor?
A mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser in simple terms. They share information about their own experiences and journeys as well as provide support, guidance, motivation and inspiration. They help you to explore your path, set goals and identify resources.
Why connect with a mentor?
Having a mentor helps to build employability skills, encourages positive change and provides council along your journey. As your mentor will be someone who has more experience, they’ll be able to provide guidance and share the lessons they learned along their way. This means that you’ll be able to use their experience as a stepping stone giving you a great head start. A mentor can help to shorten your learning curve, open your mind to new ideas and possibilities, identify opportunities and advise on how to promote yourself.
How does Steer Up connect me with a mentor?
After signing up on the website, you'll be asked to complete a short self-assessment and outline your mentoring needs
We'll then review your requirements, your availability as well as your budget, and get you added into the system
Once you're signed up, our algorithm will match you with mentors that fit what you're looking for
Whilst we love technology, we also believe in the human touch - so our team will also review and refine your matches
You'll receive your shortlist of mentor matches and will need to choose which one you'd like to proceed with (if you're unhappy with the shortlist, you can request to see additional profiles)
We'll then reach out to your mentor to confirm the match, organise the session and will organise your payment
Once we've received your payment, we'll send all confirmation details for your confirmed booking along with some preparation material to get you started
How do I sign up?
It’s completely free to sign up and join our network. If you simply want to learn more about mentoring, feel free to schedule in a free consultation with us. Visit our Sign Up page for further information.
How much does it cost?
You'll only ever pay what you can afford. You set your budget when you sign up, we'll match you with a mentor within your budget. Sessions start as little as £15 for an hour session however, the average session with our more experienced mentors is typically upwards of £40.
How do I make a payment?
All payments are made via Steer Up using either Paypal or Stripe. Your payment will be due once you’ve agreed your session/s with your mentor and must be paid prior to commencement. Once your session/s are over, you can proceed to book further sessions or search for another mentor.
How does the service fee work?
Steer Up includes a 12.5% service fee for both mentor and mentee. This fee goes towards running our platform and ensuring we're able to provide the best quality customer service.
How are the sessions conducted?
This will be decided between you and your mentor, as you'll both state your preferable meeting methods when signing up. Most sessions are conducted via online video call however, you can also choose a phone call or an in-person meeting.
How do I contact my mentor?
Once you’ve selected your mentor, the Steer Up team will send over a request. We aim to have a response within 48hrs and as soon as we have approval from them, we’ll organise your first session to connect you both.
What if my chosen mentor doesn't accept me?
Whilst we aim to connect mentors with mentees, a mentor will always have a final say on whether they can commit to your required session/s. If their schedule is full or they’re unable to take you on, please don’t be discouraged - we have plenty of mentors that can facilitate you and we will always provide alternative suggestions.
How do I leave feedback?
After you've completed your session/s, you’ll be requested to leave a review. This helps to provide us with a true reflection of how your session was and proves informative to other potential mentees.
How will I know if my mentor is a good fit?
We'd recommend asking yourself these questions:
Would this person have a good influence on me?
Can I learn some valuable skills and lessons from them?
Can I relate to this person in some way or another?
If the answer to the above 3 questions is yes, you’ve found a great potential mentor!
In addition to this, we also validate all of our mentors to ensure that they're able to provide the most effective sessions to our mentees. We provide them with a toolkit to ensure they're fully equipped to accommodate you.
FAQ's for Mentors
Why become a mentor?
Becoming a mentor is great for developing your own leadership and management qualities whilst gaining recognition for your skills and experience. You also benefit from personal growth and a sense of fulfilment in giving back, which makes you more valuable to employers and increases overall confidence and motivation.
How do I become a mentor?
It’s completely free to sign up as a mentor. Visit our Sign Up page for further information.
What qualifications do I need to become a mentor?
There are no requirements for you to become a mentor (and we welcome skilled volunteers) however, if you do have mentor, coaching or professional development qualifications, we encourage you to outline them on your profile. If you have no experience, we'd suggest for you to sign up for a few sessions with one of our more experienced mentors to get a better understanding of how it works.
Do I need a DBS check?
You aren’t required to have a DBS check however, it would make your profile more appealing to young people if you did have one. If you do, please send us a copy via email so that we can verify it on your profile.