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Creating a bond between the mentor and mentee

Creating a bond between the mentor and mentee often takes time; both parties must understand this. Trusting the mentor can take a mentee some time, especially for those with difficult past experiences (Du Bois, 2002; Rhodes et al., 2006). The mentor should also understand that it will take time for the mentee to open up and share their thoughts and feelings. This understanding of the importance of patience and perseverance can ensure the successful outcome of the mentoring program.

Programs are more effective when they are tailored to the individual needs and characteristics of the mentee (Du Bois et al., 2011). The effectiveness of a mentoring program increases when the mentor and mentee share similar interests, as it leads to more fruitful engagement and conversations. Furthermore, it can also be beneficial when the mentor has had similar experiences in their own lives, as this helps them to understand the mentee's situation and provide relevant advice and guidance.

In conclusion, while there is no 'one size fits all' approach to designing and delivering a successful mentoring program such as JLBC Cadet Corps Programme, specific characteristics, and strategies emerge as critical. The recruitment, training, and ongoing support of mentors, along with mentee motivation and match quality, are all crucial components of an effective mentoring program. Ensuring these elements are integrated into the design and delivery of a program increases the likelihood of positive outcomes for the mentees involved.

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