What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a voluntary agreement, in this case, usually between two CIEHF members. There are many skills to mentoring and being mentored so it's a great activity to get involved in. As a mentee, your goal would generally be to advance your knowledge and expertise in human factors, and often to gain professional membership. As a mentor, you offer guidance and support for the mentee, and their success can be a great reward.
Looking for a mentor?
How they help
A mentor can help motivate you, analysing your current strengths and weaknesses and together you can make a plan and set goals. This can be hard to do on your own. A mentor can help you apply for professional membership.
Where to look
Look in your own organisation first. If you don't know anyone that could be approached, get involved in CIEHF activities such as Regional Network meet-ups or conferences to get to know more members, and join our Mentoring Hub - see below.
Who to approach
Mentors would normally need to be a CIEHF Chartered Member, but if you're not based in the UK, for example, they may be a professional member of another ergonomics society. As long as they have significant expertise in human factors then the partnership should work well.
Mentoring guidance & action plan
Discover more about the value and role of a mentor and mentee, what to do at that first important meeting and during follow on sessions. Included in this comprehensive guidance is our 7-point action plan so you can both get the most from the whole experience - having achieved something worthwhile and enjoyed it along the way!
Typical mentoring activities
Setting goals and creating a plan for professional development.
Encouraging the holistic approach that defines human factors.
Exploring and agreeing direction and career progression.
Advising on appropriate methods and techniques.
Coaching in elements of professional practice.
Celebrating small successes and ultimately achieving the goals.
The response to the request for a mentor has been fantastic and is a credit to the Institute.
Want to become a mentor?
You should ideally be a Registered Member or Fellow of the CIEHF. We encourage you to provide mentoring to less experienced colleagues, and to provide your time for free. You don't necessarily need to work in the same sector as your mentee.
The time and effort needed will depend on where your mentee is starting from and what their goals are. Your contribution will be very important to them, so make sure you'll be able to fulfil the commitment before agreeing to it.
Seeing someone else progress and reach their goals with your help can be very rewarding and satisfying. You'll empower someone, who may start out lacking confidence in their own abilities, to progress and see real progress in their development.
Mentoring helps enhance your own transferable skills and strengths in active listening and empathy, and in communicating clearly and helpfully. These are great attributes and can be logged as reflective practice for your own CPD.
The Mentoring Hub
Our Mentoring Hub is an online space within our member group forum, Communities, where mentors and members looking for a mentor can connect and access resources. Click the questions below for more details.
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