Mentoring for the AMA

Mentoring is an effective development tool
Mentoring is very important for the development of ‘personal qualities’ and new skills for the sector. The Character Matters Report highlighted that mentoring is currently under-utilised.

The Museums Association has a proven track record in this field but what do we mean by mentoring?

Mentoring is a relationship between two people where one helps the other to improve skills, knowledge and professional development.

It is often a long-term relationship needing commitment and enthusiasm from both parties. Both parties who actively opt to enter an equal relationship to share experiences and learn from each other.

There are a number of benefits of mentoring:

Mentors and mentees can share ideas, expand networks, improve interpersonal skills and gain confidence and enthusiasm. Mentees get to focus on their career development and mentors can increase their professional status and give back to the profession.

To have an effective mentoring relationship mentors and mentees must have a clear understanding of mentoring and the skills required.

Those undertaking the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA) have a mentor that works with them over 2-3 years (on average).

We have over 160 AMA mentors supporting our AMA candidates.

We support our mentors with initial training, email updates and mentor refresher sessions.

We are not currently appointing any new AMA mentors at this time but if you are interested in becoming a mentor in the future then please email