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Self Match Mentoring scheme

“I have been feeling a bit lost in terms of future direction so just having some time set aside, some support and structure in thinking it through, and someone else's viewpoints and experience to drawn on is really helpful”

Mentee, Self-match mentoring scheme, September 2020

What is mentoring and why should you get involved?

Mentoring is a relationship in which an individual supports a colleague, by sharing their professional knowledge and experiences, and utilising key skills and personal attributes, to enable that colleague to achieve their goals.

Mentoring can help you to:

  • Progress in your professional life/career
  • Build your networks
  • Develop your skills, knowledge and capability
  • Facilitate your personal and professional development so that you are able to fulfil your potential.

Mentoring is not about giving advice, or the mentor telling you to 'do it the way I did it'.  It is about motivating and empowering you to identify your own issues and goals. 

"It is good to be able to think out loud and have someone probe a bit deeper to explore some of your perceptions. I'm free to say what's on my mind and know that it's a safe environment"

Mentee, Self-match mentoring scheme, 2020

There are also considerable benefits to the University of supporting mentoring. Mentoring encourages the sharing of practice, breaks down silos and supports diversity. The creation of more mentoring opportunities is part of the University’s People Strategy and is included in the HR People Action Plan, the Race Equality Action plan and the Athena SWAN Action Plan

Please note that this scheme is aimed at professional services employees.

 

Meet some of our mentors

 

We have around 60 mentors currently signed up to the self-match mentoring scheme. More information about how the scheme works and how to join is below but feel free to click on the picture above to meet a couple of the mentors that are currently available to take on mentees.

 

How the scheme works and how to join

The idea behind the self-match scheme, is that mentoring relationships often work best if you find the person yourself, without an intermediary. It is a very personal thing. You can search for possible mentors using Lookup.  All our mentors have added a short profile and tags for their areas of interest. Once you have joined the scheme, we will send you some simple instructions for how to conduct a search on Lookup.

You should review the mentors available and their profiles, including the areas in which they are available to mentor. Draw yourself up a shortlist of people who you think might be a good match and send a quick email to the first person on your list to introduce yourself and ask if you can have a chat.

If the person is no longer available or feels that they might not be the best person for you, don’t be discouraged, just contact the next person. It really is that simple.

To join the self-match scheme as either a mentee or mentor (or both) please email rebecca.shipley@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

Support and training


There is plenty of support and training available for those joining the scheme.  Please click on the image for more information.

 

Contact us

If you have further questions please email freya.villis@admin.cam.ac.uk or rebecca.shipley@admin.cam.ac.uk for further details. We are happy to attend events to promote the scheme or discuss mentoring more generally and answer any questions you or your colleagues may have.

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Speed Mentoring Events

If you are not sure that you are looking for a long term mentoring relationship at this stage, you may wish to consider attending one of our speed mentoring events. The idea is a series of short, focused conversations between mentee and mentor about a specific question or issue. The session lasts an hour and the mentee rotates around four different mentors spending 10 minutes with each, to enable them to gain different perspectives on an issue they are seeking to resolve. Mentors at these events are senior members of professional services staff drawn from across the University. Further information about upcoming events is available here.

"The fact that we saw four different mentors was brilliant - we gained different perspectives, saw different mentoring types and were also introduced to people and roles that we may not have known about."

Attendee of speed mentoring session during the Festival of Wellbeing

Pilot evaluation

Six months after the self-match mentoring scheme launched, we undertook an evaluation - talking to the mentors and mentees who initially signed up to be part of the scheme. We wanted to ask them how the experience had been for them and see what improvements we could make to the scheme as it grows and evolves. Click here to see our findings and see what plans we have for the future.