1. If you have had any previous experience of being a teacher/mentor/trainer describe what you did and how you felt through the process.
As I have mentioned before I have previously been a mentor during secondary school. All the high achievers that were of Caribbean decent were picked to mentor those younger of the same decent, meeting them once a week to discuss any problems they were having, how they were feeling and how they were progressing. I loved having this responsibility as it kind of felt like I was a big sister but without the emotional connection meaning that I could advise objectively. My mentee was very quiet and hardly ever had anything to say, but as time went by I assured him that I was there to talk to and there to help him and he eventually started to be a bit more talkative which made me proud that I had been able to give someone the confidence and comfort to speak up. The best thing was that I could advise from previous experience so it wasn’t someone like a teacher telling him just another thing that he had to do.
2. If you have been a menthe before describe how it felt to be a mentee.
3. OR imagine what your mentees will be expecting. What do you think they want you to be like?
4. Describe a good mentor and consider how will you know if you are being a good mentor
A good mentor is someone who gets the balance between friend and advisor right, never abusing their authority or manipulating new relationships. It is also someone who listens and is able to support you. I hope I will know if I’m being a good mentor or not by observing what has been learnt each session, and how many people have advanced through my help. Hopefully by the end of all the sessions if they have a clear understanding of the roles and set up in the studio then I will know I have been a good mentor as many of them will have never been in a TV studio before. I will be able to gage my worth on how many people approach me for help and if I manage to get that one quiet person out of their shell.
5. Describe a bad mentor and consider how will you know if you are being a bad mentor
A bad mentor is someone who just sits back and watches others do the work, someone who doesn’t care and is mindless about what they say. If I am being a bad mentor I will find myself with nothing to do all the time, not being approached by any students or other mentors and not taking the time to speak to any students. If by the end of all the sessions the students have no clue about the studio or the roles then I will definitely know I have been a bad mentor.