4th Workshop: Mentoring II

The additional 4th Workshop and Final Dissemination Event entitled ‘Mentoring and Coaching – Theory and Practical Tools for developing Mentoring Skills’ took place on 9th July 2015 in the Technology Park in Sheffield (United Kingdom).

Life transitions are challenging because they force us to let go of the familiar and face the future with a feeling of vulnerability. Most life transitions begin with a string of losses: The loss of a role; person; place or sense of where you ‘fit’ in the world. TEAL (Transitions into Enterprise for Adult Learners) responds to these challenges which all partners (UK, Spain, Germany) face by providing adult learners with new pathways to reengage with learning and improve their knowledge and competences to consider making a transition into enterprise e.g. from unemployment or redundancy.

“The only thing that is constant is change.” (Heraclitus). We may not see change so clearly all the time but change occurs all the time. Life changes every day for every person in some way. There are changes that we can deal with easily without even noticing it such as change of the weather. On the other hand there could be a change that happens so suddenly and out of the blue that shakes you to the core such as a new job or illness. No matter what kind of change occurs, we have to learn to adapt to it. When we deal with change, we do not have to do it alone. There are different sources of support coming from everywhere that helps to cope with changes. Mentoring & Coaching is one of the most efficient ways to deal with changes, especially for older people who may have a reduced network due to leaving work or the loss of contacts.

Using change models can help you understand how to see change as a process and therefore can help you prepare for it. It’s the “looking before leap” principle. You have to understand why change happens or why there is a need for change. The 4 Phases of Change Model can help you reflect on your past period of change and can help you answer these questions.

After the theory part of change, all participants had to draw a lifeline marking key events in their life such as new job, school, marriage etc. They had to rate each event as positive and negative. The left side of the graph was the starting point whilst the right side was the present. Moreover, they had to weigh each event based on what impact it has had on their lives.

Other definition of Coaching relates primarily to performance improvement (often over the short term) in a specific skills area while Mentoring is a process in which a more skilled or more experienced person, counsels a less skilled person for the purpose of promoting the latter’s professional and/or personal development.

The 3 Stage Process Model presented during the workshop is based on the Mentoring Pocketbook by Alred & Garvey (2006) and includes

  • Stage 1: Exploration;
  • Stage 2: New Understanding;
  • Stage 3: Action Planning.

After the theories on mentoring and coaching, all participants took part in the next role play activity. In the role play the participants coupled up and decided that one of them would play the role of mentee whilst the other was the mentor. They discussed one issue of the mentee for 15 min then they changed the roles. After each role play there was an opportunity to give constructive feedback to each other.
A rapid growth in the older segment of the population can be observed across the world thus it is in the public interest to get this advanced age group interested in contributing to society in any way, for example the promotion of business start-ups and self-employment. Older people tend to be the subject of factors such as age discrimination as well as having lack of attractive employment options. In order for them to resume economic activity, starting up in business may be the only solution. Moreover, senior entrepreneurship can prolong the working life of older people, reduce older-age unemployment and increase the social inclusion of elderly people.

Substantive difference could be made by positive interventions such as:

  • Creating positive awareness of entrepreneurship as a late-career option
  • Avoiding business jargon with older people
  • Training entrepreneurs to treat senior entrepreneurs in an appropriate way
  • Encouraging older individuals to start up in business
  • Supporting intergenerational learning
  • Providing mentoring support

 

Please find here the Agenda and the Minutes of the 4th Workshop.

Access here the Presentations of the Workshop:MENTORING & COACHING: Theory and Practical Tools for Developing Mentoring Skills

If you would like to listen to the opinions of the participants watch the Video Testimonials of the 4th Workshop.

Have a look to the pictures taken during the 4th Workshop.

If you would like to listen to the opinions of the participants watch the Video Testimonials of the 4th Workshop.

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