Mentoring is just-in-time help, insight into issues, and the sharing of expertise, values, skills, and perspectives. Mentors function as a catalyst—an agent that provokes a reaction that might not otherwise have taken place or speeds up a reaction that might have taken place in the future.
The word protégé or mentee is used to refer to the person who is being mentored. In this site, we will use the word mentee. The focus of mentoring is on the mentee's career and psychosocial needs.