UNRAVELING THE MENTORSHIP
It is not easy to explain the nature of a mentoringrelationship. Every day, we interact with our friends, partner, colleagues, family – but the relationship with a mentor / mentee is unique, it differs from every relation that we are used to. We learn most of the already mentioned relations from early age, we often simply count of them, as a part of our environment. However, the mentoring relationship is built from the very beginning, with mentoring programmes helping it be more successful, easy, interesting and fruitful.
To be the right one in the right moment.
The base of knowledge of the Creative Mentorship, defines the mentorship as:
Mentorship implies a specific, interactive relationship that entails the exchange of knowledge and experiences between a mentor (a more experienced person) and a mentee (someone less experienced). By using this approach, the mentor supports the mentee in his/her personal and professional growth. Also, they work together on exploring and developing mentee’s skills, talents and abilities. Therefore, the main aim of mentorship is to create a space for thinking, self-reflection, personal and professional development. In this joint journey, the mentor is the one who listens, supports and follows.
However, what does it actually mean? What is happening in this relationship? How does the mentor incite the mentee? In which way could a mentee direct his/her development?
None of these questions do not have one, universal answer. It depends on the particular moment in which this question is posed (at the beginning, during or at the end of the mentoring process), on mentee’s goals, different situation he/she might be facing, the way he/she communicates with his/her mentor and lot of other conditions.
Aiming at the better description of the mentoring relationship, we went beyond both written and oral expression – we illustrated one segment of the mentorship definition. The following photos are visual way to present how the mentorship could contribute to somebody’s professional or/and personal life. The “insides of human figures” metaphorically represent the processes which the mentees of the 4thcycle of the Creative mentorship programme are going through. The photos and thoughts of mentees are the continuationofthe sentence “Through mentorship I learn to…”
The insight in somebody’s personal development process might inspire some new, inovative beginnings – we would like to hear your thoughts about this topic. What do you find mysterious in the mentoring relationship? What would you like to reveal?
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