In today’s world, it is more important than ever for women to have access to the resources and support they need to reach their full potential. Samantha McLean, a licensed Springboard Women’s Development trainer, is dedicated to empowering women and helping them achieve their goals.
As a freelance trainer for Springboard Consultancy, Samantha has a wealth of experience in helping women overcome challenges and achieve success. Springboard Development Programme is designed to help women develop their skills, build confidence, and reach their personal and professional goals.
In this case study, we will take a closer look at Samantha’s work and learn how she is helping women to achieve their full potential.
Samantha McLean – Freelance Springboard Women’s Development Programme Trainer Case Study
How did you become a Springboard Trainer?
‘I began my career as a chef, followed by an office administrator, neither were for me so, as a mature student, I decided to go to University and study History. I see myself as a social historian, which means focusing on what life was like for ordinary people in the past. This is where my interest in empowering women and their development came about.
Upon qualifying as a teacher I began delivering Access diplomas and noted that the average student in my classroom tended to be female and in their mid-30’s. I also found that, for them, returning to study presented significant challenges. It was often detrimental to their mental health and relationships, so I began to do more pastoral work to support them and also began to deliver workshops on confidence building and resilience. However, I needed to do more and this is where Springboard was suggested to me. On learning about the programme I knew that becoming a trainer was a no-brainer!”
How did you find the licensing experience?
‘My licencing training was both face to face and remote. We had completed two workshops remotely before meeting at Warwick University where we did the licencing course itself. It was so invigorating!
As the first day began to unfold, I became more and more nervous. I wondered if had the abilities, the skill set, and the competence level to be there. I suffered from a huge attack of imposter syndrome.
Towards the end of the first day, I was seriously doubting my ability to do what I really wanted. I thought it was probably better for me to bow out, so I gave myself permission to do that and made the decision to go home.
That night, I began to reflect on things that I have always done, which is to stand up for what I believe in and not walk away from a fight. It seemed to me at that point that continuing to do the licencing matched my values.
I believe in empowerment for women and this was going to enable me to make a real difference, so having looked at the workbook, I got up the next morning and decided to embrace the second day with a very different mentality.
The next two days were brilliant! I really got into it and opened my mind. It was it was a huge thing for me to get the licencing. I remember when I received my certificate, it felt phenomenal that had achieved it!’
What are the benefits about being a trainer?
‘I love seeing a participant’s journey unfold and see them blossom and grow as individual women! I always see a difference in everyone! I love empowering women by hearing inspirational stories, and the trials and tribulations people have experienced and how they’ve managed to cope.
It’s great to see the moments where something amazing happens, or somebody has shared something that ignites a whole group discussion. You can see that they’ve had a little bit of a light bulb moment and something has really resonated. It’s just incredibly rewarding!’
What are the challenges of being a Springboard trainer?
‘Sometimes individuals are encouraged to do the programme when they may not be exactly ready, they may not be feeling it, they may have all sorts of things going on in their personal lives and this can impact their initial experiences.
Trying to connect, encourage and engage, with a new group can be tough, but also knowing when to leave alone is also a challenge. As trainers, you want to get everyone involved, but ultimately there are times when you must accept that in that moment, the individual is processing or maybe not feeling it. It doesn’t mean leaving them completely to their own devices, but allowing them to take a step back for a moment.’
How has working as a trainer impacted your life?
‘I can’t imagine how it hasn’t impacted my life! Being a trainer matches my values. Life does all sorts of weird things that can put your life out of sync, but being a trainer enables me to live a congruent life.
It’s given me patience, understanding, and enhanced tolerance, I’m much more open and receptive. It’s had a huge impact on my life.’
“It’s given me patience, understanding, and enhanced tolerance, I’m much more open and receptive. It’s had a huge impact on my life.”
What would you say to someone considering becoming a trainer?
‘Be open. Open your mind. Give yourself time to digest what you’re doing. Learn. Read as much as you can about soft skills. If somebody walks into your training room and they’re a bit out of sorts, the chances are it has nothing to do with you, so don’t take things personally.
This isn’t all about you inputting and giving, it’s about empowering women! The day, as trainers, we say that we have nothing else left to learn is probably the day we should stop training! You have always got to be open and receptive to keep learning about you as you are fundamental to the success of the programme.
Be wide focused, open and accessible. Be a human, and be you be authentically you, which is what Springboard is all about!’
Has becoming a Springboard trainer taught you anything about yourself that you didn’t previously know?
‘Springboard has taught me a lot about how to manage myself, but the biggest lesson that it has taught me has been how to step out of my comfort zone.
Becoming a Springboard trainer has been life-changing in so many ways! It’s like somebody opening the windows and shining the light in on your life and everything changes!’
Samantha’s dedication and passion for empowering women is truly inspiring. Her work makes a significant difference in the lives of women, paving the way for a more equitable and fulfilling future for all.
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