In recent communications with IPS members, one of the suggestions that members made was to have an IPS mentoring scheme, so here it is! This scheme will only work if people volunteer their time to make it a sucess, so it's up to you to make it work.
In our industry there are fewer opportunities to learn your trade from those with more experience, and the opportunity to have a mentor to turn to is a great help.
The scheme is designed for members who would like to give their time to help a colleague further their career to be put in touch with members who want the input of a more experienced practitioner.
The IPS will match up mentors and mentees and get them started with advice and resources.
It's very simple. Use this link firstname.lastname@example.org to send us an email, filling in the required details and remembering to state if you are volunteering as a mentor, or looking for a mentor. We will match up potential mentors and mentees and forward their contact details, we will also send you a “Welcome Pack” with information and tips on how to make a successful mentoring relationship.
After a few months we will contact you to review the pairing and get any feedback.
The scheme is open to all members except Students. This is because Mentoring is part of Continued Professional Development (CPD), which is for people already in the profession, rather than those training to join it. The IPS plans to offer more appropriate opportunities for those in education, such as work placement schemes, which we will be organising in the near future.
Nothing. The only expenses you may incur are travelling to meet each other.
We have put together some information regarding the scheme, which you can download. If you want to proceed and offer your services as a mentor, or request a mentor, then fill in the form and send it to us. We will try to match you up with someone who lives nearby and works in your discipline. It's then up to you!
It may take a while for the scheme to get established but we will keep in touch. Initially we anticipate more mentees than mentors so it may take a while to allocate everyone.