The program consists of matching people in order to build a mutual support relationship between two ACJT-CALT members. Its objective is to break isolation, answer questions about the profession that any translator can have—regardless of the number of years of experience they have—and guide beginners who are taking their first steps in a career in translation.
A legal translator with at least 10 years of experience can act as a mentor for a colleague (mentee), allowing them to benefit from a network of contacts to receive advice or simply to obtain another point of view about professional practice. The relationship established is highly beneficial and provides a positive image of mutual support. Mentors may be called on to answer practical or ethical questions.
A mentorship organized by the ACJT-CALT is an informal relationship based on respect, frankness and mutual trust. It is based on the principles of mutual assistance, reciprocity, and free and voluntary work.
Mentorship aims to build relationships among CALT-ACJT members to allow seasoned translators to train the new generation of translators through the transfer of knowledge and skills and to guide mentees in their professional practice and career choices. For mentees, it is an opportunity to get advice from more experienced members of the profession on professional practice, and business and career development, or to discuss issues of concern.
How it works
A mentorship consists of a series of distance meetings or interviews, e.g., at lunch time or after office hours, to take the time to discuss issues of concern to the mentee. It is up to the mentor and mentee to plan their own meetings or, in the case of distance mentorship, to schedule their teleconferences or other types of meetings. Usually, these meetings or conversations are held once a month over a six-month period.
Mentorship activities that take place in person and/or by telephone between two members of the Barreau du Québec may qualify as mandatory continuing education up to a maximum of 6 hours, provided that the mentorship objectives enable members to acquire, maintain, update, improve and deepen their knowledge or skills related to the practice of the profession. For more information on this topic, please consult the Guide sur le mentorat by the Barreau du Québec (in French only).
To participate in the mentorship program, mentors and mentees must register with the ACJT-CALT by completing the appropriate form and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. ACJT-CALT will try to find a mentor for anyone who would like to be mentored.
The ACJT-CALT would like to thank the Barreau de Montréal, OTTIAQ and Editors Canada for their helpful advice in developing this program. This document and the forms used for mentorship are inspired by those of the Barreau de Montréal and the Jeune Barreau de Montréal, with their authorization, and we would like to thank them.