The CIH mentoring scheme is a voluntary service provided by members for members. It is devised to help CIH members implement effective career development strategies at a time of rapid change in the housing world. The mentoring scheme 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.
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.
To become a CIH mentor, you should be either a current chartered or fellow member of CIH and continue this for the duration of your mentoring partnership. Your mentee will look to you for advice and experience on issues they face in their working life, and support to help them with their career development. You should therefore have broad experience and knowledge of the housing sector, with significant work experience in the industry. You should have 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 a role model, motivator and sounding board for the mentee.
A mentor's responsibilities include:
You will need to be able to commit time to talk with your mentee regularly, either by online meetings, phone calls, email or face-to-face (if possible). As this is a voluntary scheme, please note that CIH is not able to cover any expenses you may incur.
Becoming a mentor can also count towards your continuing professional development and form part of the "significant contribution to the housing sector" required if you wish to become a CIH fellow.
Think about why you would like to mentor and what kind of experience and expertise you can share. Mentors tell us that they benefit significantly from the mentoring relationship too.
Being a mentor provides you with the opportunity to:
If you feel that you have the skills, experience and time to commit to being a mentor, please fill in the application form below. Once reviewed and accepted, your profile will be added to the mentor listing for potential mentees to view.
Prepare for your first mentoring session by reading the mentoring conversation guide from the resources area below. This will help you think about how you will introduce yourself, share your expertise and begin to support your mentee to reach their mentoring goals.
Attend your first mentoring session and start to get to know your mentee. Encourage them to identify their career goals, strengths and weaknesses. Work through the stages of the mentoring process and you will begin to benefit from your mentoring relationship.