The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
Modeling of Mentoring Needs Assessment in IT Companies

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Pub. Date : March, 2020
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJSS20320
Author Name : Mihir Dash, Suprabha Bakshi, Shongita Roy, M Arpana
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Subject/Domain : Management
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No. of Pages : 17



This study proposes a model for mentoring needs assessment of freshers in IT companies. The study is based on a sample of 75 freshers in a medium-sized IT company using a structured questionnaire. The study uses work-style preferences to classify the freshers, and finds that these classes essentially determine the mentoring variables. According to the model, mentoring needs assessment starts by identifying the work-style preferences of the freshers. This is combined with the perceived fit between self and organizational culture, enabling the identification of areas requiring mentoring. Finally, all of these variables cumulatively determine the type of mentoring required and the duration of mentoring.


Mentoring is a unique relationship where an experienced individual, the mentor, guides an inexperienced individual, the mentee, and in this process both the mentor and the mentee receive benefits (Fagenson, 1989). A mentor is generally an experienced individual, interested in the career or welfare of the mentee, and accordingly giving advice and guidance. On the other hand, a mentee is an inexperienced individual, receiving guidance from the mentor and/or under their patronage, protection, or care. The mentor benefits from the relationship by feeling accomplished, increasing their self-esteem, and increasing their power base in the organization. The mentee also gets good guidance, helping them to succeed in their career. Thus, mentorship is a win-win relationship, attracting attention and acceptance in organizations (Allen et al., 1997).


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