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FOR STUDENTS AND GRADUATES OF CANINE BEHAVIOUR

Launching a business is essentially an adventure in problem solving

Setting up a new business can feel daunting to newly qualified canine behaviourists and dog trainers.

Students who are nearing the end of their study may start thinking about how to run their new business.

Contact us to find out more by emailing withoutworryce@gmail.com

Mentoring for students and graduates: News and Tips

MENTORING IN BUSINESSES

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Are you unsure where to start?

Need some help planning and running your business?

Unsure what forms you will need, how to carry out behaviour consultations or training sessions?

Does the idea of marketing your business fill you with a lack of confidence?

We can help with all of these.

Mentors provide valuable knowledge, expertise, and support and will affect the professional life of her mentee not only by identifying skills, gaps in knowledge and encouraging progress; but also instilling confidence and a framework for growing their business.

 

If you are a recent graduate, current student or newly qualified canine behaviour practitioner you will find that mentoring can allow you to establish and build on interpersonal and business skills. In addition, your mentor will be an invaluable resource and source of support in case of difficult or challenging situations. 

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THE HISTORY OF MENTORING

Mentoring is a fairly new concept to many but it is actually an ancient archetype originating in Greek mythology. In Homer’s Odyssey, Mentor was a wise and faithful advisor whose role was to protect Odysseus’s son, Telemachus, while his father sailed against Troy.

Kathy Kram 1985 published Mentoring at Work offering a theoretical foundation for understanding relationships at work. Since then, Scholars have spent years grappling with the myths and meaning of mentoring.

 

Traditionally mentoring has been defined as a relationship between an older more experienced mentor and a young less experienced mentee for the purpose of helping and developing the mentees career.

Although the definition of mentoring has changed over the years, a core feature that defines mentoring relationships and distinguishes it from other types of relationships is that mentoring is a developmental relationship that is embedded within the career context.

Mentors are generally viewed as providing two functions to their mentees.

Career functions – involve a range of behaviours that help mentees learn the ropes and prepare them to advance their own businesses

Psychological functions – built on trust and interpersonal bonds and includes behaviours that enhance the mentees professional and personal growth and identity.

 

Studies have consistently found positive effects of mentorship on mentees from different samples and time periods, (Wang & Shibayama, 2022).

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MENTORING AND COACHING?

Often the terms mentoring and coaching are used interchangeably — but mentoring is not the same as coaching. Both are independent, but related by the communication strategies that are often used to promote professional development and facilitate growth. (Donner and Wheeler, 2009).

Coaches

Create space to think

Non judgmental

Gives ownership

Challenges

Need not be an expert  

Stands back

​Challenges beliefs

Asks what decision?

Mentors

Advise and suggest

May need to make judgements

Leads by example

Helps to develop

Usually more experienced

Stands close

Shares knowledge and experience

Guides to a decision

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WHO IS MENTORING FOR?

We offer our mentoring package primarily for students, graduates or newly qualified behaviourists and dog trainers.

However, we can also offer mentoring to anyone in a dog related industry.

INTRODUCTORY PRICE

We have a special introductory price of £400.00 for the 6-month mentoring programme

Additional sessions are available at the end of the programme at a cost of £60.

SESSION 1

Business goals

We will identify your business goals, and help you to understand the market and pricing structures. We will help guide and inspire you to achieve more of your  professional goals.

SESSION 2

Project planning

We will cover the administrative side of running a business and managing bookings. Life throws many surprises at us, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we respond to certain situations.

SESSION 3

Running the business

We will discuss the best ways to work with other professionals, build your reputation, and make wider contacts and networks.

SESSION 4

Working with clients and their dogs.

We discuss how to set up the first meeting, consider how to triage calls, and manage clients.

SESSION 5

Problem Solving

During this session we will review progress towards goals, and problem-solve any difficult areas. At the end of this session you will have a case study to work on.

SESSION 6

Case Study Discussion

During this session we will discuss the work you have carried out on the case study, and provide an opportunity for you to discuss any cases you are currently working with. We will also ask you to prepare a written article on any canine related subject.

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