METM22 presentation

Mentoring: human support in a digital world

Louise Normandière, Angers, France

In an industry where many of us work alone, having a more experienced person to turn to with questions, doubts and ideas can be a valuable asset. While there is no shortage of information online and advice and opinions abound about what you should or should not be doing, when you’re starting out in your career or taking your business in a new direction, it can be hard to know who to listen to and what to focus on. Now that even networking has become digital, the need for one-to-one, personal support is greater than ever. A mentorship set-up that offers bespoke guidance and an honest perspective can be useful and rewarding for both parties. 

This talk will delve into what a mentorship arrangement looks like. I will draw on my experience of coordinating a mentorship programme to give my take on questions such as:
  • What makes a good match? 
  • How does it work in practical terms? 
  • How much knowledge or experience do you need to be a legitimate mentor? 
  • How can you avoid potential pitfalls?

If you have been working in your field for a few years and have amassed a certain amount of knowledge about your craft and experience of running a business, you may be tempted to become a mentor. After all, you’ll have made mistakes and learned from them – but is that enough?

This talk will be helpful for anyone who ever questions their next move or their own abilities, and who craves a safe, non-judgemental space where they can really open up. And it is for all those who like the idea of giving other members of our profession a helping hand.
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About the presenter

Louise Normandière is a French to English marketing translator based in the Loire Valley. After initiating a regional translator mentoring scheme in 2017, she now contributes to Boussole, the Société Française des Traducteurs’ national mentoring programme.