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The Relationship between Trainer and Trainee

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When you first enter a field, you are unsure about a lot of things. You realize you do not know much about the operations of the business you are working for and that you are in need of training. In some cases, you might already have some experience but you do not have specific experience with this particular company. So you need a trainer to show you the ropes. Training jobs usually entail a solid knowledge of all the jobs you will be training for. Your job is to show trainees around and tell them all about the functions they will be performing on a daily basis.

Job training is important for jobs that require specific instructions and operations. Training manager jobs are even more complicated, but since the managers you are training will most likely already have some experience in the field, they will not be quite so new and ignorant. Training and development jobs are similar to a job in training. You have the opportunity to teach others how to perform and operate effectively for the company you work for. Most companies will hire people to train others so when they fill new positions it is with people who already have a good idea of what they are expected to do.

When a trainee has only one trainee, they often will develop a close relationship. The trainee will be new and will need someone to cling to while going through the adaptation process. New trainees might be nervous about their new jobs and will look to their trainer for guidance and advice. This relationship might never end. Even when the trainee takes the position and gets a handle on what they are supposed to do, they might still look up to the trainer and ask for advice on occasion. This is typical behavior between the trainee and trainer. Sometimes the trainer enjoys this position and continues to give advice for the rest of their career. Other times, they find it a nuisance and try to brush off the trainee as soon as they can. This simply depends on who the trainer is.

Usually companies hire outgoing and friendly people to train others. This is part of their marketing and public relations. They want to make the company look good, even to their new employees. So trainers will often be overly friendly and outgoing to their new trainees.

If you think of the movie The Devil Wears Prada, you will remember the awkward situation between the trainer and trainee. In this case, Anne Hathaway, the trainee, was very inexperienced in the field she was entering. She somehow impressed the boss enough to get hired but was in way over her head. So she looked to her trainer for help. Her trainer, Emily Blunt, was always annoyed by the constant questioning from her trainee. She saw her as a mockery to fashion and a nuisance to her, so she would try to dismiss her as quickly as possible.

This goes on for quite some time until Anne Hathaway gets a clue and some advice from one of the other employees. He gives her a makeover and she returns to work the next day looking like she finally fits in. She goes through quite the transformation and so does her relationship with her trainer. Her trainer finally recognizes a kindred spirit in her co-worker and is no longer annoyed by her. They actually develop some kind of friendship for a short while until there is a falling out. The industry is a cold industry and has no respect or regards for friendship. Their frail friendship is immediately torn apart by a decision of the boss’s to bring Anne instead of Emily along with her to a major fashion event. This comes as a hard blow to Emily. Their relationship as trainer and trainee is a roller-coaster ride throughout the story, but ends well.

This is just one example of the relationship between trainer and trainee. Often there is drama in the work place, so you should be prepared for that, though anything you can do to decrease drama is best. If you are looking for training jobs, you might be prepared to come across these kinds of relationships. You might make friends with those you train. You might continue to develop those friendships later on as well. It is a possibility and it happens all the time. Anytime you have someone who is new and nervous taken in by one who is more experienced and wise, there is always a relationship that ensues. That nervous energy always opens people up and makes them more vulnerable. When they are vulnerable they tend to make friends with people who show them even the slightest bit of attention and friendship. Those are the relationships they remember forever.

If you train someone and you go above and beyond to help them get acclimated and situated, they will love you forever. There are some people who will take it all for granted, but there are also those who will truly appreciate it. It is for those who appreciate it that make it all worth it.

You will probably learn to realize and recognize those who will take it for granted versus those who will appreciate it. As you do, you will know where to spend all your extra time and energy. You are expected to train them all, but you have a minimum set of requirements you need to fulfill for them all, while there are still little extra things you can throw in there for those you favor. That is all part of the job description and part of the fun of it.
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