CALL FOR MENTORS by The Institute of Water
The Institute of Water is looking for experienced industry professionals to take part in its mentoring scheme so they can share their knowledge and experience to help others progress.
People from across the industry have benefitted from the mentoring scheme launched by the Institute of Water in 2010. The scheme has helped mentees gain new perspectives, address challenges, find encouragement and remain motivated when the going is tough; and as demand continues to grow, the Institute is now looking to engage more mentors to help deliver this service.
George Butler, Director of Asset Management at Northern Ireland Water, has been mentoring Tom Kelly through the Institute of Water’s scheme. Tom is a graduate engineer from Kelda Water Services and George has supported him through his quest to become a Chartered Engineer. Speaking about the scheme George said:
“Initially I was sceptical of the mentoring process. I am already very busy and I wondered what benefit there would be for me but I decided to go ahead.
George continued: “Tom has been a pleasure to mentor and I have probably learned as much as he has from the experience. I have challenged Tom in a supportive way and I have been able to give some structure to his quest to become chartered.
“I wish I’d had the sense to get a mentor twenty five years ago, and that somebody had been willing to give a little of their experience to guide me on my way.”
If you, like George, would like to give something back to the industry and offer some guidance to somebody who could really benefit from what you have to offer, then the Institute would like to hear from you.
As well as the satisfaction from helping others and seeing them progress, becoming a mentor can offer the opportunity to practise and develop management skills. It can offer the chance to build wider networks, increase your visibility and increase your self confidence.
The Institute will provide help and guidance to you to support you in the role.
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