Mentoring - A Mentee's Perspective

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Presenter: Jena Chang

The word mentor or mentee has different meanings to many. Some people have been mentors or mentees themselves through an informal or formal program or relationship. Others would love to have a mentor or would like to mentor others. Some may feel they do not know enough about what a mentor/mentee relationship really involves.

In this first of a series of Q&A sessions around mentoring, Osteopathy Australia Learning and Development lead, Peter Tzanis, will interview Jena Chang, an experienced and passionate osteopath who has worked in several clinics around Melbourne. Jena will provide a mentee’s perspective on what mentoring is, why it is important and what needs to be included for it to be successful. As well as undertaking a formal mentoring program herself, Jena’s journey from a graduate to now senior osteopath provides the perfect case study to share with the profession.

What is Jena's experience with mentoring?

Jena decided to invest in mentoring because she needed guidance and reassurance. Going into business was a driving factor for getting herself some help. She had all these ideas in her head but wasn't sure how to join the dots. She also had so many questions that she didn't have answers for.

Mentoring has been so valuable to Jena because, although it did not give her the answers in black and white, it taught her to think critically and reflect further. She understood that there are times where attending a seminar or course are not enough and mentoring can help consolidate and reframe your thought process.

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