Is it for me?

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.

 

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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.

Interested in getting a mentor? here are a few answered questions to guide you.
Why do you want a mentor?

The CIH mentoring scheme is open to all CIH member grades, except students and non-paying members. It can be of significant benefit to:

  • members who are new to housing and want to explore their career possibilities
  • members looking to develop their skills and knowledge or fill gaps
  • managers looking for higher-level career development opportunities

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.

What makes a mentee?

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:

  • make a commitment to your own personal development
  • accept that it is your responsibility to set the agenda for your mentoring relationship
  • have an open mind and a flexible approach to learning and development opportunities
  • be open and honest about your behaviour and feelings so that you can take feedback constructively
Finding a mentor

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 mentoring

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.

Starting mentoring

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.

During each session

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:

  • review your last session
  • remind yourself of goals you agreed at the last session
  • make sure the work you agreed has been completed
  • note interesting experiences (good as well as bad) that have occurred since your last meeting
  • note any questions you have
Review and feedback

Remember to review, feedback and conclude your mentoring relationship. Remind yourself how to in the Mentoring conversation guide for mentees which can be found on the resources page

Before you start

Set aside enough time, in an environment that helps you think. Your career is worth investing in. You don't have to use all the suggested resources if you are already very confident in some areas. You can use them in the order you choose - focus on the areas you most need to work on.

Mentoring resources
These resources are designed to help you during your partnership. You don't have to use all the suggested resources if you are already very confident in some areas. You can use them in the order you choose - focus on the areas you most need to work on.
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Career tools
You get easy access to a wealth of career development tools and resources, to support you at different stages of your career.
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Mentor listing
We have a diverse list of mentors from the housing sector. Our mentors can help you to increase your personal knowledge and understanding of housing, obtain advice, help and encouragement in establishing your own career development plan.
Our current mentors

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