Mentoring: yet another ‘baldrick cunning plan’.
Sometimes; on our camera club days out (and as a natural extension of our ‘Wednesday Club’) we have informally assigned ‘mentors’ to help out the beginners. This seems to have worked well, from the feedback we have received, but what if we were to take a similar approach all year round?
The idea is really simple. A willing ‘advanced’ member takes a ‘beginner’ under their wing and shares their knowledge, skills and experience.
When I joined the camera club an advanced member approached me and simply said, “I like your work and your attitude, would you like to learn more?” I agreed and did learn more, a lot more than I would have done without such help. While there was no mention of ‘mentoring’, ‘teacher/student’ or anything like that, just two folk interested in photography out for a walk – clearly I was being ‘mentored!’. The interaction of questions and answers; “Why do you do this?”, “Why not that?”, “What do you see here?”, was something I simply could not learn from a book (and at that time I was reading everything I could find).
I fully understand that some ‘advanced members’ will not have the time or, perhaps, the interest in such an approach. But I do believe that there are many that would. Our Wednesday Club has proved, time after time, that many ‘advanced’ members go out of their way to help others. So why not take this a step further? Nothing official or formal, just two club members willing to meet up and go for a walk. I am sure that most beginners would welcome the help.
I have some ideas and suggestions on how this could work, informally, but before I post them, I welcome your feedback.
(I have reposted this from facebook, as I know many members have not, for whatever reason, joined our group.)