Mentoring is sharing your experience and knowledge with someone. It is more of a personal relationship, a less formal sounding board, with less rigid timing and duration. That said, many mentoring relationships can be lifelong.
To make it work well, mentoring needs:
- The mentor to have knowledge and experience from real life
- The mentee to be open and enthusiastic to learn
- Time available and a commitment from both mentor and mentee
- Chemistry — do you want to spend time together?