Step Up offers professionals working within the performing arts a personal mentor and 6-8 mentoring sessions. It is an opportunity for analysis, reflection and action to enable you to achieve success in your work. This scheme is for individuals from all areas of the performing arts – artistic development, management, audience development, production, technical, education, etc.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Successful applicants will be matched with a mentor, who will work with you:
· In 6 to 8 one to one confidential meetings from January to November 2017
· Giving time to reflect on your working practice, achievements and aims
· Supporting you with your work developments, projects and role
· Developing your self awareness, confidence and skills, to enhance your performance
Your mentor will work on the principle that you are inherently talented, resourceful and creative and able to resolve issues when you understand them and know how to change them.
In confidential sessions you will be able to ‘think aloud’ and talk through strategies to reach new understandings and insights into your situation. In addition, specific expertise and experience is available from mentors to accelerate acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, for example, in undertaking a new role, and / or fulfilling a project or task.
All FST mentors are experienced and respected arts professionals who give their time freely to participate in the programme. Our mentors come from a wide range of areas – producing, general management, marketing, technical and artistic roles. Each year 9 new mentors are selected and they receive 3 days intensive training in mentoring skills in October–November before taking on 2 mentees in January. In addition we have existing mentors who often agree to support a new mentee after their initial commitment of one year. These mentors receive training each year to ensure that their skills are up to date.
We use the information that you provide us in your application to match you with the most appropriate mentor for you. This may be someone who comes from a similar job area as you but not always. Our mentors have a wide range of skills and not all are directly related to their job role. In some cases it may be more appropriate for you to be matched with someone from a different area because of the support that they can offer.
We aim to ensure that individuals are matched with the most approriate mentor for your specific needs. The matching process involves many people and therefore it may not be possible to offer you an alternative mentor if you cannot accept the person you have been matched with for any reason.
MENTEE INDUCTION SESSION
We require all mentees to attend a short induction session on 2 December from 10am- noon. The session will be facilitated by Step Up co-founder Abigail Carney, who will be joined by Jon Morgan, Director (FST) and Emma Beatt, Training and Professional Development Manager (FST) and one of our mentors. The induction session is an opportunity for you to find out more about the programme and ask any questions that you may have. Attending this session will help you to get the most out of your experience as a mentee.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NEXT
To be considered you need to meet the following criteria:-
· to be able to demonstrate how you would benefit from support in your current role
· to have the support of your employer / manager for time out for sessions
· to be available to meet 6 to 8 times from January - November 2017
· to be able to attend the induction session on 2 December 2016.
· to be willing to travel to your mentor and cover your own travel costs
· to work for an FST member org, or be willing to become an individual member of FST
The programme is open to FST members only. Participation in Step Up is free to FST Full and Individual members, and is open to FST Associate members at a fee of £200+VAT. If you would like to discuss becoming a member of FST please contact Ruth Johnston on 0131 248 4842 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Being a Step Up mentee has easily been the single most helpful and impactful professional development I have ever undertaken.” Helen Bain, YTAS
Step Up was co-devised by Abigail Carney, Jane Hogg and Paul Pinson and first delivered in association with FST in 2008. Abigail and Paul will deliver Step Up 9: Paul will lead on training and supervising and Abigail will support training sessions, project management and mentor / mentee recruiting and matching, and deliver the mentee induction.
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