Mentoring – a positive strategy for uncertain times

Wherever you are in the world, the chances are, your working life feels very different today from what you considered ‘normal’ at the end of last year. Social distancing and remote working have come to define our daily lives, forcing a period of adjustment on us that is, at the very least, unsettling. Whether you are secure in your job, furloughed or looking for your next role, mentoring could be invaluable to you right now.

Many people have found it difficult to stay focused, motivated and confident during this time of huge uncertainty. Being able to build a working relationship with a trusted mentor, someone you can respect and learn from, could help you get back on track and map out the next steps on your career path.

IOSH launched its mentoring platform earlier this year and already hundreds of members have entered into live mentor/mentee relationships.

If you are already signed up to IOSH Mentoring and haven’t spoken to your mentor/mentee for a while, why not check in today? If you haven’t yet joined IOSH Mentoring, there’s never been a better time to benefit from this growing community of OSH professionals.

As Sarah James, a member of the IOSH Future Leaders Community Steering Group, comments, a mentor can be extremely helpful:

“Within my previous role I was lacking the support needed as a junior member of staff which led me to reach out to people I had met through IOSH branch meetings, who acted as mentors. This led to a job offer with my current employer where I have received the feedback and support needed to help me develop within my role.”

With all face-to-face IOSH events cancelled for the time being, we are encouraging members to make the most of online networking opportunities such as IOSH mentoring. It’s easy to set up your profile and before you know it, you could be ‘paired up’ with an OSH professional helping you plan your next steps.

Why become a mentee?

  • Learn from your mentor’s knowledge and experience
  • Gain encouragement and motivation from someone outside your immediate work environment
  • Benefit from a fresh perspective on your career path
  • Expand your network
  • Set achievable goals to enhance your career and future employability
  • Log activity as part of your CPD

There are significant benefits to being a mentor too:

  • Enhance your leadership, communication and coaching skills
  • Learn and gain a different perspective by exchanging views with your mentee(s) on trends, current issues and working practices in occupational safety and health
  • Harness your network
  • Give something back by sharing your knowledge and experience
  • Watch as your mentee grows in confidence and develops his/her career

Connecting with other OSH professionals and being part of a community is now more important than ever. Get in touch with your mentor or sign up for IOSH mentoring today.

Emma Guy
Communications Officer
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