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Mentoring

Our mentoring scheme aims to match mentors with mentees that require support at three distinct career stages.

Mentoring is a relationship between two individuals with the objective of supporting personal and professional development, and one that can benefit both parties.

For mentors, it is a great way to help shape the career and future of others and give back to the profession. You will gain recognition as an expert in your field and develop your personal leadership and coaching skills, while also exposing yourself to fresh perspectives and ideas.

For mentees, you will benefit from the knowledge and experience of more senior professionals who have already navigated the challenges you may face and can help you achieve success.

Our mentoring scheme is for CIEH members and aims to match mentors with mentees that require support at three distinct career stages.

The purpose of student mentoring is to assist students and those new to the profession, with particular emphasis on supporting them through the pathway for becoming a Registered Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP).

The student mentor role would suit a recently qualified EHP, a student training officer or someone with experience of training student EHPs.

The duration of the mentorship is expected to be no longer than 18 months. Mentees will likely be starting on their EHP Portfolio when they are allocated a mentor and the mentorship would continue through to its completion (no more than 12 months), and up to six months thereafter when the mentee would be expected to undertake their CIEH professional interview. Mentees may already have or may be seeking employment during this period.

Student mentors will provide advice and guidance to students undertaking the EHP Portfolio and looking for their first jobs in environmental health. This will be supplementary to advice and guidance that may be being provided at their place of employment where relevant.

They will provide advice on the EHP Portfolio including, but not limited to, suitability of proposed interventions, writing up interventions, and reflection on write-ups. They may also provide advice on soft skills such as time management and network building and provide practical guidance on drafting job applications, critiquing of the menteeā€™s CV and advising on approach to the CIEH Professional Interview and job interviews.

The mentor will determine how much communication between mentor and mentee shall take place and its frequency, and this will be discussed and agreed before the relationship officially begins to manage expectations.

The purpose of management mentoring is to offer guidance and support to those looking to move from operational to management level, and/or moving from managing a single discipline team to a multidisciplinary team.

The management mentor role would someone who has progressed through levels of management in local government or in the private sector and has operated at high level and /or management a multidisciplinary team

The duration of the mentorship will depend on the nature of the mentorship and whether the mentee requires career development advice or progression advice

It is anticipated that potential mentees will be looking to develop their career in preparation for promotion, or actively applying for promotion opportunities, moving from operational to management level and/or moving from managing a single discipline team to a multi-disciplinary team.

Management mentors will assist the mentee in identifying the type of posts that would suit the mentee and the skills and experience gaps they may have and how these may be addressed.

Where the mentee is actively applying for posts, they will support self-analysis against the requirements for advertised posts and constructive criticism, and provide feedback on CV and job application forms, presentations and proposed approach to interviews. They may also assist the mentee with constructive analysis post-interview where appropriate.

The mentor will determine how much communication between mentor and mentee shall take place and its frequency, and this will be discussed and agreed before the relationship officially begins to manage expectations.

The purpose of self-employment mentoring is to support and guide those thinking of leaving employment to establish a business as a self-employed consultant in any field of environmental health

The self-employment mentor role would someone who has left employment to establish a business as a self-employed consultant in any field of environmental health or as a trainer in any field of environmental health.

It is anticipated that potential mentees will be considering moving from employment to self-employment or may be considering self-employment as their first employment post-qualification, and so the duration of the mentorship will depend on the nature of this.

Self-employment mentors will assist the mentee with advice and guidance based on their own experience of self-employment. This may include advising on identifying businesses niches, building networks, creating a business identity, advertising and use of social media etc, and those seeking to expand small self-employed enterprises into bigger businesses. This may also include signposting, business development, assisting in identifying third party assistance such as grants.

The mentor will determine how much communication between mentor and mentee shall take place and its frequency, and this will be discussed and agreed before the relationship officially begins to manage expectations.

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