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Mentoring vs Coaching

USQ Employee Mentoring Program

Expand your skills and knowledge and make meaningful connections through the Employee Mentoring Program. The program is open to all USQ employees. Anyone can be a mentor or a mentee, participants may sign up to be both a mentor and a mentee. 


USQ utilises coaching as a learning strategy to support:

  • Individual career, leadership, and executive development
  • Team learning
  • Supervisors and managers to incorporate a coach approach.

Both internal and external coaches are available to USQ employees. All individual coaching interactions are strictly confidential. External coaches are available as part of our Leadership Development Programs. Our Human Resources Team have a number of internal accredited coaches whom you can contact directly to explore coaching:

For more information contact the Learning and Development team.


Mentoring Coaching
Ongoing relationship that can last for a long period of time Relationship generally has a set duration
Can be more informal and meetings can take place as and when the mentee needs some advice, guidance or support Generally more structured in nature and meetings are scheduled on a regular basis
More long-term and takes a broader view of the person Short-term (sometimes time-bounded) and focused on specific development areas/issues
Mentor is usually more experienced and qualified than the ‘mentee’. Often a senior person in the organisation who can pass on knowledge, experience and open doors to otherwise out-of-reach opportunities Coaching is generally not performed on the basis that the coach needs to have direct experience of their client’s formal occupational role, unless the coaching is specific and skills-focused
Focus is on career and personal development
Focus is generally on development/issues at work
Agenda is set by the mentee, with the mentor providing support and guidance to prepare them for future roles The agenda is focused on achieving specific, immediate goals
Mentoring revolves more around developing the mentee professional's career
Coaching revolves more around specific development areas/issues

Brefi Group, 2019