who is it for?
The Agents of Change mentoring scheme is open to participants on the Agents of Change Women's Community Leadership Programme.
It is designed to align with the Programme, and aims to build on the knowledge and skills the participants will gain through the sessions.
As part of the application process, applicants will be asked whether they wish to be matched with a mentor throughout the duration of the Programme.
Before being matched with a mentor, mentees will be asked to identify their key areas of interest, mentor preferences, and what they hope to achieve from the mentoring relationship.
the mentoring relationship
The Agents of Change mentoring role is a combination of helping the mentee with problem solving, building confidence, identifying new opportunities, providing encouragement and most importantly, listening. The mentoring relationship entails establishing a partnership of mutual respect based on working together with the mentor to define and achieve common objectives.
It is important to understand that the Agents of Change mentoring relationship is a learning process for both mentors and mentees. Whilst some mentors might have had prior experience with mentoring, those who have not are still equally as valuable and bring their own unique experiences to the mentoring relationship. Both mentors and mentees all come from different cultural, professional and economic backgrounds, with experiences widely varying.
Benefits for mentees
Increased self-awareness, motivation and confidence
Greater clarity of purpose and productivity
Increased organisational knowledge and know-how
Improve and build on your skills
Focus on preparation for the future and career aspirations
"It's been a real privilege to have a mentor devote her time, energy and patience in listening and helping me to erect the scaffolding which will help me to reclaim time, health, wealth and quality of life."
Can you commit?
Our mentors and mentees are required to commit to at least four sessions (with a maximum of six) with a duration of up to 1 hour per session. We strongly recommend that sessions take place monthly to maintain a good relationship.
When considering whether you want to be matched with a mentor, please ask yourself whether you can commit.
"Being matched with a mentor was an ideal opportunity to hone my mind-mapping skills, and exchange ideas with an experienced and enthusiastic ‘sounding board’."
matchmaking & Introductions
If we are able to successfully match you with a mentor, you will be required to have an informal telephone chat with a member of our team.
You will then be introduced to your mentor via email, and you will be responsible for setting up an introductory meeting with your mentor where you will identify mutual expectations upfront.