Being a mentee

Our aim is to 'match' mentors and mentees depending on the requirements and experiences of both parties. Once matched, we advise that sessions take place approximately once per month for around twelve months.

The mentee has several roles to play in the relationship - they must plan, reflect, observe, communicate and learn.  There are many benefits to be gained from being mentored which include:

  • receiving impartial advice and encouragement
  • the development of a supportive relationship
  • assisting with problem solving
  • improving self-confidence
  • professional development
  • increase of network
  • help with career planning/development

You will agree with the mentor how often, when, and where you will meet although meeting for an hour once a month is advisable.  You are of course free to agree a timetable with your mentor and to change it by agreement when appropriate.

It is not usually possible to hold meetings during 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.

What will you get out of it?

"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:

  • receiving impartial advice and encouragement
  • the development of a supportive relationship
  • assisting with problem solving
  • improving self-confidence
  • professional development
  • increase of network
  • help with career planning/development
Who can be mentored

Applications are accepted by:

  • Current trainees or solicitors
  • Diploma graduates or qualified solicitors not currently working but keen to establish or return to a career in the legal profession.
  • Current Diploma students.  Students should also be registered with the Society as a student associate to qualify for the mentoring scheme.
  • Individuals able to commit around one hour per month to the mentoring scheme (plus travel to their mentor's base if required.

"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"

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