The CIH mentoring scheme is a voluntary service that is provided by members for members, it is devised to assist CIH members to 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 to identify relevant development opportunities, guided by a qualified and experienced colleague from the housing sector.
Brett Sadler CIHCM | Assistant Director for Communities, North Wales Housing
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.
The CIH mentoring scheme is open to all CIH member grades, except students and non-paying members. It can be of significant benefit to:
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 provide a confidential and safe environment in which to explore your career options.
Mentoring is a voluntary relationship where the mentor's sole aim is to help you develop and grow. In order to gain full benefit from the relationship you will need to be ready, willing and able to work with your mentor, and especially to:
Find out which mentors are available by browsing the Mentor listing. Select three potential mentors you think would be suitable for you when filling in the request form. The programme administrator will contact you to let you know who your mentor is. Get in touch with your mentor and arrange your first meeting.
Prepare for your first meeting by reading the Mentoring conversation guide for mentees. This will help you think about how you will introduce yourself and your mentoring goals to your mentor.
During your first meeting with your mentor, you will discuss your objectives for the mentoring relationship. This is very important as it will give focus to your meetings and let you know when the relationship has run its course. Objectives should be reviewed on a regular basis and adapted if circumstances change.
Attend your first mentoring meeting and start to get to know your mentor. Work through the stages of the mentoring process and you will begin to benefit from your mentoring relationship.
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 through.
Before each meeting you should make sure you are fully prepared: