So, the last time I met with my mentor, I had the opportunity to glaze and decorate chocolate ganache cakes. I really enjoyed this experience because I had the opportunity to learn something new. I will definitely use these skills in creating my final project, a mirror glazed cake. A challenge that I have faced recently is that I am trying to cut sugar out of my diet, so this has restricted my baking at home. I am continuing to bake in the bakery, and I am considering applying for a position at another bakery once In Depth is over.
1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?
My mentor exposes me to new learning opportunities by having me take on new tasks. These tasks include assembling French macrons, baking, frosting and decorating ganache cakes, assembling items for high tea, etc.
2. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?
To reinforce this learning, I usually repeat this task a substantial amount of times to allow myself to learn by practicing. The opportunity for me to do this stems from the fact that my bakery makes a lot of products en masse, and this repetition allows for stronger learning.
3. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?
Some opportunities that exist that might accelerate learning are the opportunity that I have to observe my mentor bake. This allows me to gain a deeper understanding of the tasks that I’ve been assigned, because I have an opportunity to learn from her actions.
4. When you get together what do you talk about?
When I’m with my mentor, we usually talk about baking-related concepts. For example, we discussed the variations and temperament of French macrons, and how climate and altitude can impact the baking.
5. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?
Something that is going well in my mentoring relationship is that I feel like I am learning a lot, and my mentor is contributing to this influx of knowledge. I an really enjoying my position in the bakery, and feel that I am gaining valuable experience and practical knowledge.
6. What are you learning about one another?
I feel like I am learning more about my mentor’s personality. For example, she has a vision for her creations, and this allows her to create wonderful baked goods. She also has a specific taste and values cohesion in baked goods. Also, she is an extrovert and entrepreneur.