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Mentoring for FMs launched by Women in FM group

21 May 2008

A pilot mentoring programme has been launched under the auspices of the Women in FM network of the BIFM for the benefit of both men and women in the profession. Volunteer now to be a mentor or mentee.

An 18month long pilot mentoring programme launched at the WiFM network meeting in London this week promises to provide aspiring FMs - both men and women - with the advice and support of experienced professionals as they progress through their careers. Likened to a 'big sister-little sister- relationship, the programme has been offered by Lucy Jeynes, MD of Larch Consulting following evidence that women in the FM profession in particular felt they could benefit from mentoring relationships to further their careers and improve their capability and confidence.

The programme originally developed for Larch Consulting's clients, is designed to enhance professional skills and capabilities, effectiveness at work, career progression, confidence, personal impact and personal growth.

The mentors will be people who want to give positive help and give something back to the profession, because they have coped with similar situations facing their mentees, they understand the challenges being faced, and they have learned from their own mistakes. They might also want to develop their own listening, coaching and feedback skills.

Lucy Jeynes has offered the resources of Larch Consulting to match the mentors and mentee candidates, and provide the information necessary to start the mentoring relationships off. It is anticipated that the pairings will have about eight 'interactions' a year, of which about four will be face to face. The participants will also need to keep a mentoring journal for the period.

Volunteers to be mentors, and candidates for mentees are advised to contact wifm-mentoring@larch.co.uk.

The WiFM group is part of the BIFM London Region, headed by Linda Tilbury. It has applied for SIG -Special Interest Group status in the BIFM which is currently under consideration. This will enable the group to go national to raise the profile of women, improve career development, increase visibility of women, network and indentify role models to emulate.


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