Mentorship: a reflective journey of self discovery

Andy Sharman
November 2013

DescriptionThroughout my entire working life I have had a passion for training and education and greatly enjoy mentoring and developing the skills of others. As I did not have any specific training, teaching or mentorship qualifications, however, this has always been in an “informal” capacity. Due to my professional experience and the knowledge I have acquired and developed I consider myself to be “profcient” (Benner, 2001) as a specialist clinician working within my area practice, but a “Novice” (Benner, 2001) in the area of mentorship. I always strived to be a “good mentor”, but realistically, had a limited understanding of what this actually meant and had no understanding about learning styles, learning theories, or learning domains. I had also never written a teaching plan or undertaken any formal assessment of learners.I began my journey on the mentorship module with high expectations that it would provide the underpinning knowledge and theory to bridge this chasm in my understanding and allow me to progress from “novice” through to “advanced beginner” and then on to become “competent” as a mentor (Benner, 2001).

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