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The Linguist 57-6 - Dec/Jan 2019

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FEATURES SMART goals (i.e. specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) to establish where you are now and where you want to be. Outcomes Mentoring has not only been a great learning process, it has also been an interesting and enriching experience. A good mentoring relationship is a two-way process through which you get to pass on knowledge and give something back to others at the same time as gaining a different perspective on your own practices, which can also prompt you to evaluate those practices. In an industry where we often work in isolation, this opportunity to establish contact with colleagues, and learn from each other in a structured way, is invaluable. It may even help to combat loneliness and improve mental wellbeing in our profession. On a final note, I would like to thank my first mentee for her input and patience. I am sure she will achieve her goals, and hopefully I have contributed to this. CIOL's new platform is a great initiative, and I would encourage anyone able and willing to give some of their time to consider signing up. To find out more about the CIOL mentoring platform, see To send feedback, email Notes 1 See 2 Webster, V and Webster, M 'The Difference Between Coaching and Mentoring', Leadership Thoughts; In an industry where we often work in isolation, this opportunity is invaluable following a career in international development and economics. As she was in a situation similar to my own when entering the profession, I could easily identify with her challenges and I felt that I had something to contribute. Furthermore, her previous experience meant that the time commitment she required was achievable for me. Encouraged by this success, I took on a second mentee – also a very capable individual, but one who was heading in a direction of which I have limited knowledge. My lack of relevant experience to provide adequate advice and support soon became evident, and after some discussion we agreed that a change of mentor would be the best way forward. A new platform Working within the CIOL mentoring framework is relatively straightforward. It provides clear steps for how to build a relationship and maintain momentum, and includes tools such as SWOT analysis (identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) and

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