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Mentors can be key to careers

A new CIOB mentoring service gives members insights from people who have been through the same experience. By Tony Ginda
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How many of you reading this have had someone else in your career support you, guide you and help you learn the job? We know from many of our members that is exactly how their career in construction started. And we also know that many of our members want to help others in the same way.

As we enhance the tailored support and personalisation for those joining the CIOB, so too we have put in place the start of a new mentoring service that will help those on their journey to chartership or fellowship. You could be at the start of your career or some way into it. A mentor might just be what you need.

This new mentoring service builds on the existing professional review champion model and connects members who want to mentor with those who need additional support, giving them access to insights from someone who has been through the same experience.

“This also provides the opportunity for mentors to raise their profile, give back to the industry and assist in developing future talent”

This also provides the opportunity for mentors to raise their profile, give back to the industry and assist in developing future talent. Typically, a mentor will gain confidence and learn new skills, which is why this programme counts towards CPD. Mentoring is also a way to differentiate yourself from the competition and can be used as an example for competency-based interview questions.

The CIOB is so special in that we represent an incredible range of disciplines across the built environment, and of course everyone is different. This service supports candidates across a full range of pathways to membership, with written and video guidance and access to a mentor and management tool that gives candidates a way of setting and delivering development goals.

Because our members, along with staff, have been driving the development for this mentoring guidance we are confident that it hits the mark and will resonate with those who access it. Aiding both the creation of a community of competent individuals, but also supporting new candidates in their career.

If this has struck a chord with you and you are either interested in becoming a mentor or wish to be mentored then please email [email protected]

Tony Ginda is associate director retention at the CIOB.

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Comments

  1. An excellent idea Tony, and wonderful to see it being introduced. We need mentoring and guidance. Good luck and success with it.

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