About the Mentoring Programme
Please use this form for either volunteering as a mentor or requesting a mentor
If you'd like to be a mentor and would like some mentoring, please would you fill in two forms.
On the next page you will be asked to indicate whether you'd like to be a mentor or are looking for a mentee
Thank you for putting yourself forward as a mentor. The purpose of the programme is for younger ODs to have access to other ODs who may be able to give them career advice and guidance wherever they are in the world. It also involves ODs who are relocating to connect with local ODs and learn the tips and tricks required to settle in more quickly.
What this programme is not is a job placement scheme. ODs seeking advice will be told this. Of course, if employment follows the contact with mentor, that would be wonderful, but this is not in itself intended to be a forum which other ODs use to seek jobs. Just advice and guidance.
Once you have joined the mentor panel, you will be contacted by me as and when there seems to be a match between what you can offer and what the OD is looking for (this will not happen frequently as I try to rotate my requests for mentors). I will then write to you to see whether you'd be prepared to meet - either face-to-face, phone/Skype or email - and then, if you are, will pass on your contact details to the OD and his details to you.
How the contact progresses is between the two of you. It might be a one-off, or ongoing. But you will decide this with your mentee. In any event, I am always available to interven should problems or complications arise.
The next page asks you to mark the areas in which you feel you'd be able to provide some mentoring.
Thank you again for volunteering. It is much appreciated by the ODU, me and, in course, other ODs who I'm sure will benefit greatly from your support.
Secretary: ODU (UK Branch)
Please select no more than 3 occupations/disciplines. More than that makes it very difficult to match you to a mentor. If you are in doubt about which occupations /disciplines to choose, than it probably likely you would benefit from more general mentoring - so rather select on "General". And then please make sure in your Personal Statement (see later) you outline as clearly as possible what your choices /challenges are.
For those looking for a mentor...:
Here you are asked for your CV and a Personal Statement. The CV is pretty self-explanatory. The Personal Satement is very important and should contain a paragraph or two outlining your objectives/issues and what you would like to get out of the mentoring (your expectations). It also helps match you with a suitable mentor.