A mentoring service is a company that provides professional counseling and advice for individuals and businesses for a fee. A mentoring service may provide career planning, skills training, project guidance, professional contacts, or problem-solving for an individual's career or within a company. A mentoring relationship may be for an unspecified or for a limited duration.
A typical kind of mentoring in information technology is for the management of a software development project. A professional mentor may be hired for any or all of the phases of software development including the initial planning, architecture, design, development, implementation, debugging and testing, and deployment and installation
Face-to-face mentoring is still the most common form of mentoring, but virtual mentoring is gaining popularity. Virtual mentoring uses videoconferencing, the Internet, and e-mail to mentor individuals or companies. This is beneficial for those who own a small business and are unable to leave their workplace and for those who live in rural or remote communities. Virtual mentoring is usually less expensive compared to face-to-face mentoring and provides an individual with more choices for mentors. Even if you choose virtual mentoring, it is recommended to meet with your mentor face-to-face at least once.