Etymology: after Mentor, tutor of Telemachus in the Odyssey of Homer, from Latin,
from Greek Mentr
1: a close, trusted, and experienced counselor or guide <every one of us needs a
mentor who, because he is detached and disinterested, can hold up a mirror to us
From Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002.
Skills Development Mentoring
Publishing offers fantastic and rewarding careers for the wordsmiths among us. But
language fields, particularly editing and writing, can be difficult to break into.
To help young people and students develop the skills required for a successful language-related
career, I offer mentoring for a limited number of aspiring professionals.
Applicants must be based in the Netherlands, are preferably native speakers of English,
and have either demonstrated experience in a language-related field or formal advanced-level
education in English. From my protégé I expect a no-nonsense attitude and active
participation in the occasional project. All tasks and projects constitute valuable
learning opportunities, though they may often have to be completed on a strict deadline.
For my part, I offer a long-term perspective, professional guidance, candid feedback,
advice and help with specific issues. My mentoring activities are motivated solely
by love of the profession and a desire to further excellence in English, especially
in international environments where native speakers of English are rare.
If you think you fit the bill and are interested in learning more, send me a concise
e-mail detailing your background, career interests and aspirations.