What is Mentoring?
A mentorship is a supportive relationship established between two or more individuals where knowledge, skills, and experience are shared. The mentee is someone seeking guidance in developing specific competencies, self-awareness, and skills in early intervention. The mentor is a person who has expertise in the areas of need identified by the mentee and is able to share their wisdom in a nurturing way. The mentorship established between two or more individuals is unique to their needs, personality, learning styles, expectations, and experiences.
In this relationship, the mentee has the opportunity to ask questions, share concerns, and observe a more experienced professional within a safe, protected environment. Through reflection and collaboration between the mentor-mentee pair or group, the mentee can become more self-confident and competent in their integration and application of the knowledge and skills gained in the mentorship demonstrating best practice.
The Mentoring Toolkit
The National Consortium of Interpreting Education Centers has created a Mentoring Toolkit. There you can find resources on mentoring in the sign language interpreting field and related topics, with specific resources for the specialized settings, such as Vocational Rehabilitation and Healthcare.
The Mentoring FAQ section of the National Consortium of Interpreting Education Centers website addresses the following topics:
- definition and terminology
- types of mentorships
- qualifications and skills of a mentor
- length and type of activities