Mentoring is a relationship in the form of a mentor supporting the personal and professional development of a mentee. The CSP mentoring platform offers members support via an online hub.
The platform is currently available to all chartered, associate and retired members, as well as international affiliates. The platform is now available to final year students.
Benefits of mentoring
Mentoring will enable you to focus on career progression, develop new skills and overcome challenges with someone more experienced than you. It is also an opportunity to gain impartial advice, an alternative perspective and a non-judgemental sounding board for ideas.
Mentors benefit from seeing others grow by sharing your experience and knowledge, consolidating your knowledge and opportunities to work on new challenges.
The mentors are volunteers, and any references to private businesses are not an endorsement.
Things to consider
Before approaching a mentor, consider the skills you need and what you would like to achieve. Or, as a mentor, you need to consider the skills and knowledge you can offer. You will also need to reflect on your preferred learning styles and the time required for meetings and preparation.
Forming a mentoring relationship
Once you’ve registered onto the mentoring platform, you will be asked to complete a profile and form. Profiles are used for matching mentees to mentors, so you must be clear on what skills, knowledge and expertise you are looking for/can offer. Mentees can then send a mentoring request to their desired mentor or ask questions before submitting a formal request.
At the start of a mentoring relationship, you and your mentor/mentee will agree to a mentoring contract. It’s important to note that, as members, you are accepting the professional values and behaviours agreed by the Society.
The platform includes videos, guides and tools to support your mentoring, including SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats), STAR (situation, task, action, result) and goals templates for need analysis.
If you've got any questions about the mentoring platform, please email email@example.com; or call enquiries on 0207 306 6666.