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What is the difference between Mentoring and Coaching?

Asked by T. Lopez, Last updated: May 12, 2020

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Isabel Mathew

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Isabel Mathew, Software engineer, BS(Bachelor of Science), Austin,Texas

Answered May 12, 2020

Some people think that mentoring and coaching are the same thing. They usually interchange the use of these two terms because they seem similar. When you say mentoring, this means that you are going to provide help and encouragement for a long period of time.

Most of the time, people who have a mentor and mentee relationship will trust each other because they know that they can learn something from each other. Coaching is usually done for a short period of time.

There is also a more structured approach that would need to be followed because the time to teach a new skill is limited. The approach is going to be more formal, which means that a coach may not have a friendly relationship with the person that is being coached.

 

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