Coaching and Mentoring


What can coaching and mentoring do for me?

Coaching and mentoring are professional development approaches and conversations aimed at enhancing individual skills, knowledge, awareness, or performance. Though the methods might differ, both coaching and mentoring are focused on helping people get to where they want to go, by maximizing and amplifying insights from questions, actions, and experiences.  Both are exploratory in nature and call upon a growth mindset to achieve results.  Both coaching and mentoring can be either long- or short-term endeavors, and scope should be discussed at the initiation of either relationship. 

Coaching and mentoring at UNMC is intended for our highly valued talent. It is not designed for corrective or disciplinary types of performance issues, which may require utilization of services outside the organization or other involvement by the human resources division. Coaching and mentoring at UNMC are considered exclusively as a benefit and investment in talent.

What’s right for me?

Coaching and mentoring are not interchangeable. In order to know which is right for you, it is important to be clear about the learning objectives of each approach.


Mentoring utilizes a supportive partnership to assist in career development. A mentor shares their wisdom and experience to advance the goals of the mentee.



Coaching is task and performance-driven. It assists in the development of new skills or knowledge. A coach provides evaluation and feedback to the participant based on their performance.


Historically, the mentor-mentee relationship is characterized by a senior, tenured role using their professional expertise to guide a junior individual in career development. This involves leveraging the expert’s lens to design goals that yield the most advantageous outcome for a younger protege. A changing society, including increased technology, has given rise to new models of mentoring including peer mentoring, group mentoring and virtual mentoring.

For more information about the UNMC mentoring program including how to request a mentor, please contact Faculty Affairs.


Coaches have specialized training to guide people in any field toward achieving their own identified goals. A coaching relationship is not dependent on profession-specific expertise, rather the coach acts as a holistic thinking partner. Depending on coaching focus, additional tools may be used such as 360 feedback or Clifton Strengths Assessment which provide coaches with additional data to inform a development strategy.

For more information about the coaching program available through Faculty Development including a list of trained coaches, please visit our Coaching page (coming soon). 


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