MENTORING SCHEME SUPPORTING CAREERS

Posted: Monday 12th September 2011

People working in the water industry are benefitting from a new mentoring scheme launched by the Institute of Water, the only professional body solely dedicated to supporting the careers of people working in the UK water industry.

The scheme was put in place last year in response to demand from the Institute’s members, and over 40 applicants have been found a mentor. The scheme has helped mentees gain new perspectives, address challenges, find encouragement and remain motivated when the going is tough.

Lynn Cooper, chief executive of the Institute of Water said: “We believe members will achieve better levels of professional success if they have the guidance and help of a mentor.

“The Institute is enhancing the internal employee development programmes that many of the UK water companies currently have by matching mentees with mentors from different organisations. We have found that exposing people to other elements of the industry has been particularly effective.”

Jeremy Chang, a Programme Optimisation Senior Analyst from Thames Water was paired with a senior Manager from the contractor side of the industry. Commenting on how he has benefited from the scheme Jeremy said:

“My discussions with my mentor have given me valuable advice about my career, what potential opportunities there are and how I should pursue them. Being able to communicate with him as a person connected and familiar with the industry, but not part of Thames Water has probably been the most useful thing.”

Paul Holton, a Leakage Detection Manager from South East Water has also benefitted from the programme. Paul’s mentor is the Director of a company that specialises in and advises on Physical Asset Management and asset related Business Risks.

Paul said: “What was particularly good was to have someone to talk to about my career thoughts and to bounce ideas back and forth.”

As well as supporting younger members and those new to the industry by providing mentors, the Institute is encouraging more experienced members to become mentors so they can share their knowledge and experience to help others progress.

To request a mentor or to become an Institute of Water member, telephone 0191 422 0088 or email clare@instituteofwater.org.uk. More information about the Institute of Water can be found at www.instituteofwater.org.uk




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