A mentor is an experienced person who wants to share his knowledge, guide and learn from him, while a mentee is a less experienced person who is motivated to develop his skills and opportunities based on one in dialogue with a mentor.
A mentorship is thus based on an open dialogue between mentor and mentee, where the mentor has the opportunity to inspire and support the mentee in relation to education, career or personal development. It is important that both parties take the mentorship seriously. Therefore, it is a good idea for both the mentee and the mentor to think about what they want to get out of the course and on that basis enter into a mentoring contract that sets out the objectives and framework for the mentoring course.
CAKI assists with counselling, sparring and development of mentoring programs
In the development of a new mentor program for graduate students at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory and the Royal Danish Academy of Music, CAKI acted as a knowledge centre and sparring partner. The mentor program was a compulsory part of the subject ‘Entrepreneurship’, which as part of a larger development project was carried out in a collaboration between the two conservatories. The purpose of the mentoring program was to strengthen the students’ career opportunities through knowledge and experience exchange with professional mentors from the music and culture industry. The course stretched over three semesters and was concluded with an evaluation after each semester.
The mentor program was organized individually between the student and the mentor, and could, for example, deal with topics such as competence clarification, career goals, job search and networking.
CAKI as a mentor
Students in art education have lots of ideas and knowledge within their artistic subjects. But sometimes it can be difficult to put competencies into words, formulate a project idea or know how to go from being a student to building an independent, professional work. These are some of the things that a mentoring course can help clarify.
The British organization Nesta – National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts – has experience working with mentoring and mentor research within the creative industry. Read about some of their results and experiences here:
For more information, contact CAKI:
Phone: 41 88 25 88