A good practice in Sliven Municipality
upon a time, when the omnipotent Zeus ruled and Homer wrote his
stories, the mighty king of Ithaca, Odysseus, undertook his adventure
in the Trojan War. On his departure, Odysseus left his friend Mentor to
take care for his son, to be his tutor and his support, to advice and
to stand by him in the painful path to maturity. From then on, ?mentor?
stands for a tutor, a role model, generally more experienced and wise a
the mentoring is a widespread approach in Bulgaria used for new
employees? induction, and applied when working with interns. Usually,
mentors are people with proven professional competence, who have the
motivation and the ability to hand down their practical knowledge to
the younger employees. Thus, in the business world the notion reigns
that the mentor is an elder person supporting a younger one in his
the mentoring is an interaction which allows the mentee to learn from
practice, to build relationships, to experiment with different
behaviors. Moreover, this process helps people to immerse in the
organizational culture and learn the way things are done in the
particular company. The whole of these opportunities is available for
the inexperienced employee by the means of the mentoring. And
people with substantial life and professional experience, with good
working habits and skill, how do they approach new fields of learning?
municipality and their EU partners worked out an interesting approach
to mentoring with their ?Mentoring and Guidance for Adults? project.
Sliven municipality takes the challenge to overcome the traditional way
of mentoring. They apply an innovative solution to people over 50 to
acquire new skills, to become more adaptive and to get to know the
situation in the area they want to continue their professional
Sliven, 11 persons over 50-years old actively work with younger
mentors, implementing detailed plan for development is different
business areas such as tourism, accounting, human resources and social
the mentoring practices appeals to you and your organization, contact
us for more information and learning materials for mentors on firstname.lastname@example.org and +359 2 9802202. Take also a look of www.adults-mentoring.eu, www.sliven.bg.