"Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be."
Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring
Mentoring is a powerful professional development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers and develop their skill sets. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) normally who work in the same field or share similar experiences.
A mentor is a guide who can help the mentee to find the right direction and who can help them to develop solutions to career issues or professional dilemmas. A mentor should ask questions and challenge, while providing guidance and encouragement. Mentoring allows the mentee to explore new ideas in confidence. It is a chance to look more closely at yourself, your issues, opportunities and what you want to achieve. Mentoring is about becoming more self aware, taking responsibility for your professional development and directing your work in the direction you decide, rather than leaving it to chance.
The aim of the mentoring programme is:
To facilitate a culture of learning and reflective practice.
To facilitate the Mentee’s development and make them feel supported in their role and future career development.
To develop mentee's own existing skills and confidence.
To provide independent, relevant and timely support.
The benefits of Mentoring can include:
The mentee feels supported and has a mechanism for working through any problems that exist.
Mentors are uniquely placed to understand the issues faced by other interpreters, taking into account the specific issues and challenges experienced
Mentoring includes training, support, encouragement, advice and guidance from people who have both 'done it before' and are usually independent of the mentee’s current situation.
Both the mentees and mentors gain confidence and leadership skills
Mentees report the benefits of a having different perspective
Mentors and mentees can gain insights into best business and ethical practices in interpreting.
The process allows mentors and mentees to make useful networking connections, and have access to role models
Mentees will find it easier to return to workafter a career break or complaint.
Mentees often grow in confidence and develop thier skills and knowledge of interpreting.
What can i expect from the Mentoring Relationship?
Mentoring meetings can be held every 6 - 8 weeks and will last for approximately 2 hrs although as mentee’s become more experienced, and confident the need for mentoring sessions may reduce depending on the individuals being mentored and longer time can lapse between sessions.
Initial assessments will be undertaken and recorded as a means of assessing the development of the mentee. Personal Training Plan: meeting sheets, will be completed at each meeting, these meeting sheets will help to identify strengths and weaknesses or areas for improvement, professional issues and training needs which will help to inform the mentees own CPD plan.
Costs: £60 per session (2 hours)
Location: Skype/Conference Video Call
Development Course Materials Provided
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