At Cityparents we recognise the potential challenges and successes that face working parents in City professions, and those on a career break seeking a return to the workplace. 

If you're looking to get ahead at workimprove your work/life balance or address any other area of your work and home life then continue reading to find out how our Cityparents Coaching and Cityparents Mentoring programmes can help you. Scroll down to explore the important differences between coaching and mentoring.

Cityparents Coaching

Cityparents Coaching offers high-quality coaching support to members of Citymothers & Cityfathers. Cityparents Coaching provides individuals with access to experienced coaches with skillsets tailored to each applicant’s needs and background, and a deep understanding of the issues people working in the City and related professions are likely to face. Pricing for the service is transparent and highly competitive when benchmarked against similar executive coaching offered in the City, and the service is designed to be flexible, responsive and suit each applicant’s individual needs. 

Our coaching strategy incorporates proven methodologies, extremely qualified personnel, and a highly responsive approach.  It is targeted at individuals who wold not otherwise have access to high-quality coaching interventions, though corporate members can contact us for alternative provision.

Cityparents Coaching is open to anyone who is a member of Citymothers & Cityfathers, whether male or female, parent or non-parent.  All coaches are committed to the Citymothers & Cityfathers ethos and values of equality and support for better working lives of people in the City.

Participants have the benefit of totally confidential, impartial advice from an independent, experienced executive coach, unconnected with their organization, on any matter they wish to raise relating to their work, parenting and work/life balance, including -

  • Returning to work after parental leave
  • Peer pressure
  • Confidence building
  • Life/work balance
  • Building a sustaining and rewarding career which honours family commitment
  • Managing a successful career as sole or main breadwinner
  • Building a sustainable support structure in the office and at home
  • Any other related issues

Cityparents Coaching is open all year round for applications.  Please see here for further details.

Cityparents Mentoring

The Cityparents Mentoring Scheme provides valuable 1-1 support to working parents in our network. Participants are from a broad range of City professions including law, investment banking, asset management, accountancy, human resources, information technology, regulation and professional services. A cross-company scheme has huge advantages in allowing mentees to be matched with a mentor from outside their own firm, or even (if appropriate) outside their industry/profession.

The purpose of the mentoring relationship is for the mentor to offer the mentee a supportive and confidential environment in which to discuss and think through issues regarding their work and parenting role from the perspective of managing career progression and work-life balance.

Our Mentoring Scheme has semi-annual application windows, in the Spring and Autumn.

Please click here to find out more about our Mentoring Scheme.

Mentoring and Coaching - what's the difference? 

Mentoring and Coaching both enhance an individual’s skills, knowledge or performance, but Cityparents makes the following distinctions between them: 

What is mentoring?

Traditionally mentoring involves a relationship in which a more experienced colleague uses his or her greater knowledge and understanding of the work or workplace to support the development of a more junior or inexperienced member of staff.

Mentoring relationships tend to be longer term and less formal than coaching arrangements, with a higher degree of sharing of work and life experience.  

Cityparents mentors are people with a greater degree of work and/or parenting experience than their mentees, but there is no requirement for formal training or accreditation other than the requirement to read the induction materials and agree to the terms of the Cityparents Mentoring Code. 

What is coaching?

Cityparents coaching will typically focus on specific skills and goals centred around work performance; however work and personal matters are of course interdependent to some degree, so the coaching may include personal matters such as performance nerves, confidence, and life-planning. The process is typically dynamic and time-limited, and an initial course may be followed by further sessions.

Coaches can add value where they have work or life experience in areas related to those of the coachee, but the coaching process is generally non-directive in style, meaning that a coach is trained to enable the coachee to identify his or her own authentic solutions to issues raised. 

Cityparents Coaching is open all year round for applications.  Please see here for further details.

Our Mentoring Scheme has semi-annual application windows, in the Spring and Autumn. Please click here to find out more about our Mentoring Scheme.

The following is a useful summary of differences from the BrefiGroup, with which we concur: 

Mentoring Coaching
Ongoing relationship that can last for a long period of time Relationship generally has a set duration
Can be more informal and meetings can take place as and when the mentee needs some advice, guidance or support Generally more structured in nature and meetings are scheduled on a regular basis
More long-term and takes a broader view of the person Short-term (sometimes time-bounded) and focused on specific development areas/issues
Mentor is usually more experienced and qualified than the ‘mentee’. Often a senior person in the organisation who can pass on knowledge, experience and open doors to otherwise out-of-reach opportunities Coaching is generally not performed on the basis that the coach needs to have direct experience of their client’s formal occupational role, unless the coaching is specific and skills-focused
Focus is on career and personal development Focus is generally on development/issues at work
Agenda is set by the mentee, with the mentor providing support and guidance to prepare them for future roles The agenda is focused on achieving specific, immediate goals
Mentoring resolves more around developing the mentee professional Coaching revolves more around specific development areas/issues

Source: BrefiGroup