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Our aim is to 'match' mentors and mentees depending on the requirements and experiences of the parties. One mentor will be matched with one mentee and the scheme will run for around 12 months.
"I signed up for the career mentoring scheme early on in my traineeship. I thought it would be good to have someone impartial who I could speak to about my traineeship and how best to progress through it. I was paired with a partner from a private practice firm and found it really beneficial chatting to her about the profession and hearing about her experiences. My mentor was very approachable and we got on well - I'm really glad I signed up for it." - Rachel Shaw, RBS
There are many benefits to be gained from being mentored. These include:
"I applied to the mentoring scheme as a Diploma graduate, struggling to find a traineeship. The mentor I was paired with was absolutely fantastic and I am very grateful for the mentoring she gave me. She proof read my applications, gave me advice on which areas to improve and also helped me prepare for interviews. My mentor definitely helped me to get the traineeship that I have and I am really glad I signed up to the scheme."
You will need to agree with the mentor how often, when, and where you will meet.
Meeting for an hour once a month is thought to be a suitable norm but you are free to agree a timetable with your mentor and to change it by agreement when that is appropriate.
It will not usually be possible to hold mentoring meetings in working time and your commitments and those of the mentor will therefore influence timing. Lunch times may be appropriate for most meetings. Others could be just before or just after work.
Mentors and mentees will be matched according to the information provided in the application form.
We are currently accepting applications from from those who want to be mentored. If you are interested in taking part in the programme, email email@example.com to request an application form.
To find out more about what's involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can outline what is involved in the mentoring scheme, what would be expected of the mentor and mentee and what can be gained from taking part in the mentoring scheme.