Mentoring Programme: What to Expect
• Each mentor group has a theme and potential mentees will apply for a theme that best suits the goals or challenges that they want guidance with.
• Each mentor group is limited to just six people, therefore a selection process is used to determine each group. To be considered for a group, you must complete the application form and commit to attend all planned session dates.
• Six mentees will be selected by the Mentoring Programme Team. We aim to create effective and diverse groups that will generate a fulfilling experience for all members (this isn’t a popularity contest).
• Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to re-apply for another theme of interest. The team will keep generating new themes and additional groups to ensure that as many people as possible can benefit from this programme.
• As new themes and groups are continuously launched over a period of time all members of the NZBWN will be notified – ensure that you are a member in order to hear about new opportunities. Upcoming themes and past themes are described on the mentoring webpage.
• Successful applicants will be required to pay the mentoring programme fee (currently £120) and agree to attend all of the pre-scheduled meeting dates.
• Each mentee must take personal ownership of their learning journey, including framing their initial challenge and identifying aims and gaps to work on in the group.
• Each mentee will have a 1:1 session with the lead mentor (observed by the whole group). They will be expected to prepare thoroughly for this session in advance.
• Lead mentors may also ask mentees to do some background research or homework.
After each session:
• After each session mentees are encouraged to dedicate 20-30 minutes reflecting on the session, updating progress and reviewing their learnings. Mentees are provided a progress tracker form to help in this process.
• Between sessions mentees are expected to take individual actions towards their goals and to support their fellow group members in their progress as well.
• Lead mentors may also ask mentees to complete homework between sessions.