Mentoring is the act of one individual sharing their knowledge, skills and experience with others, to help them develop and grow professionally or personally.
At CIH, we encourage reverse mentoring as this helps mentors and mentees gain a new insight into other fields, as well as social and cultural topics not necessarily picked up in traditional mentoring. This approach gives you the opportunity to gain insight into the importance of driving cultural change, learn digital skills and promote diversity.
We encourage collaborative learning through the platform by asking questions, challenging your mentor and/or offering support to your mentee.
Brett Sadler CIHCM | Chief executive officer, West Highlands Housing Association
I can't recommend getting a mentor highly enough. The ability to talk to a fellow housing professional who gets to know you well but doesn't work with you is invaluable. Having a mentor, I have been able to get some fantastic career advice and some much-needed sense checking on things that have cropped up where I've needed a second opinion.
Any current CIH member can become a mentor. We’ve listened to you and have removed some of the barriers to being a mentor to ensure we can deliver a diverse and accessible offer. Your membership will need to stay current for the duration of your mentoring partnership. You’ll need excellent communication and personal development skills and a sound understanding of professional development in a housing context.
Becoming a mentor is a voluntary role in which you agree to support a fellow housing professional and CIH member. Mentors act as role models, motivators and sounding boards for the mentee.
In the mentoring platform, we have a range of bitesize video guides on how to mentor effectively, what is required and the steps to take.
A mentor's responsibilities include:
You’ll need to be able to commit time to talk with your mentee regularly and as this is a voluntary programme, please note that CIH is not able to cover any expenses you may incur.
It’s important to define your role as a mentor at the start of your mentoring relationship. Your role is not to be a counsellor or manager but will include:
Carol Matthews CIHCM | Group chief executive, Riverside Group Ltd
I have mentored a lot of people over the years, and sometimes those mentees have turned into friends.
Mentoring is open to all CIH members to help you implement effective career development strategies at a time of rapid change in the housing world. The programme offers mentees a useful framework to help explore their career possibilities and identify relevant development opportunities, guided by a qualified and experienced colleague from the housing sector.
Working with a mentor can help you to increase your personal knowledge and understanding of housing, obtain advice, help and encouragement in establishing your own career development plan and provides a confidential and safe environment in which to do so.
As a mentee, you need to be ready to work with your mentor to get the full benefit from mentoring. You should:
A mentee's responsibilities include:
At meetings or conversations, your mentor will expect you to take the lead in setting the agenda. For example, by bringing issues you have in your working life to the meeting, identifying problems you have experienced or outlining possible solutions you would like to talk about.
Before each meeting you should make sure you’re fully prepared:
Eden Bailey CIHCM | Head of housing services, Hft Ltd
Being a mentee is an excellent experience of gaining expert knowledge and assistance from a well-experienced mentor. I was able to get my new job because of the help of my mentor.