Mentoring plays a decisive role in the educational process and has major challenges to face and meet different needs, including the following:
- Needs that affect the institution, such as increasing number of the students who drop out, the high percentage of failures, lack of student participation in cultural and academic activities, etc.
- Needs of new-intake students, including difficulties in adapting to the new environment, lack of knowledge of the written rules and the informal ones, lack of knowledge of the options offered by the university, poor future prospects on job opportunities of their studies, etc.
- Needs of students in their final year: increasing their responsibility and taking on challenges that involve real practical experiences that enable them to develop key transferable skills such as team management work, communication, problem solving, planning, etc.
- Needs of teachers and those responsible for teaching and research on how to guide and accompany mentors and mentees, who sometimes feel overwhelmed and without strategies and tools to address all these identified needs that exceed the limits of specific academic skills.
For this reason, mentoring programs represent a set of competitive advantages for the University:
- For new students, allowing them in a quick and natural way a greater integration and adaptation to university life.
- For senior pupils, playing the role of mentors facilitates the development of a number of key transversal skills for their career.
- For the academic institution, who get a lower rate of university drop and a greater involvement of students within the institution.