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Mentorship Guidelines

MENTOR AND MENTEE

A successful mentor/mentee relationship should be fulfilling and beneficial for all involved. There are many things mentors and mentees can do to thrive in their relationship.  Mentoring is different than taking an intern out on a job. Mentorship is more in-depth and develops a support system for a student throughout the school journey and entry into the court reporting and captioning careers. 

Utilize these tips for a more effective and productive relationship:

  1. Keep communications open.

    Mentor:  Help your mentee set realistic expectations. Cheer for them when they pass speed tests and encourage them when they’re fighting their way through a speed.  Also, if you know you will be unavailable for long periods of time because of business or personal travel, let them know.  Share your fun job stories with students.  They love the little details!  What seems ordinary and common to you is exactly what the students want to hear about. 

    Mentee:  Be up front and talk freely. Your mentor volunteered to mentor you because they want to get to know you and be a support.  Let your mentor know what your goals are and your career aspirations.  Email your mentor often to talk “shop.”  The reporter you are matched up with has been through court reporting school and understands the struggles and triumphs, even more than your own family!

  2. Offer support.

    Mentor:  Help the student by being a guide.  Support the principles and methods they are learning in school.  Be positive!  Discussions with a student is not the best place to tell stories of the worst jobs you’ve been on!  They can become fearful of the profession.  Remember, they’re still in school and have much to learn yet which will give them the confidence and expertise to handle the hard jobs when they graduate.  Recognize the work the mentee has done and the progress made.

    Mentee:  Remember that your mentor is there for you, but is only a guide.  Be responsive to your mentor when he/she reaches out to you.  Acknowledge receipt of emails when received from your mentor. 

  3. Define expectations.

    Mentor:  Communicate to the student a reasonable amount of communication.  For example, are you okay with the student emailing once a week?  Once a month?  Whenever the student feels inclined to reach out?

    Mentee:  Keep emails short and to the point and realize the reporter may not be able to respond immediately due to work demands and/or deadlines.

 

Below are some additional helpful guidelines:

Mentor/Mentee:

  • Email each other often.
  • Meet up at seminars, if possible.
  • People come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Get to know each other! 

 

Mentor:

  • Be respectful of student’s time and maintain confidentiality in communications.
  • Guide the student by words and example.
  • Ask questions of the student about school progress.
  • Respond to emails as promptly as work allows.  Notify student if you will not be available for long periods of time.
  • All meetings should be of a professional nature.
  • This mentorship is voluntary and should you become unavailable to continue mentoring your student, please contact MAVRC, Jennifer Sati, and/or the student.

Mentee:

  • Be respectful of reporter’s time and maintain confidentiality in communications.
  • Email your mentor if you have questions about the profession or just need encouragement.
  • Check your emails daily! 
  • This mentorship is voluntary and should you choose to discontinue the mentorship for any reason, please contact an instructor.