Most of us, at some time or other in our careers, feel the need to talk to somebody who can offer impartial guidance and a sympathetic ear. If you work in a large organisation, there may be a training and development programme that links you with someone who can fulfil that role. At other times, such a person is simply not appropriate. This is when a mentor - an informed, objective and supportive person who is outside your immediate workplace - can help identify and achieve career goals.
Mentoring has become a widely used way of managing talent in many areas of business, industry and the professions, from supporting graduates and newly qualified individuals to people in mid-career and those who are taking up demanding senior positions. Women in Property was an early adopter of mentoring and its scheme is a highly regarded service to members, operating across the UK through its regional branches under the guidance of the national hub.
For example, mentoring is one of the benefits offered to the regional finalists of the Women in Property Student Awards programme, helping young women to gain valuable insights into the world of property and to start building the networks that are such an important part of today's workplace. At the other end of the scale, Women in Property is committed to helping get more women on to boards, both at executive and non-executive director level. This is another area where having the right mentor can provide the insights and guidance to help individuals progress into senior positions.
Our mentoring sessions are led by Sandi Rhys Jones whose bio can be downloaded here