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The next application window for joining the Cityparents Mentoring Scheme will open in Autumn 2017. Below, we give a short explanation of what our scheme offers.
We operate a cross-company mentoring scheme, providing 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 her work and parenting role from the perspective of managing her career progression and work-life balance.
We invite mentor applications from senior-level men and women who have experience balancing parenting with a progressive career in a ‘City’ profession, or who are sensitive to the issues involved in doing so.
We invite mentee applications from men and women looking for a supportive and confidential environment in which to discuss and think through issues regarding their work and parenting roles from the perspective of managing their career progression and work-life balance.
We ask mentors and mentees to commit to meeting either in person or by Skype/equivalent approximately every six weeks for a year. After this time, if the relationship continues it will be outside the CMS.
All participants are asked to abide by our Cityparents Mentoring Code, and to take a virtual induction into the Scheme, which sets out the parameters of mentoring and offers suggestions for the continuation of the mentoring relationship.
The Scheme is free to mentors. Each mentee is asked to pay a £100 administration fee on being matched which will be partly refunded if she and her mentor decide not to proceed following the initial introduction. Please note: Gold Passes and Corporate Access Event Passes do NOT cover the cost of this administration fee.
Group Application Mentoring
Through Group Application Mentoring, employers are able to reserve places in the Cityparents Mentoring Scheme for specific numbers of mentees and mentors, and remove the cost burden from the individual. Please click here for more information.
We are delighted to be partnering with Moving Ahead (formerly Women Ahead) to support our Mentoring Scheme and to facilitate its expansion. Moving Ahead will work alongside Cityparents throughout the matching and communication process, providing invaluable expertise to support the smooth-running of our Scheme, and operating under the guidance of Scheme Director and Cityparents Network Committee Member Esther Cavett. Moving Ahead is an organization devoted to mentoring, coaching and leadership development for women in business and sport. Their team of experts have collectively designed and delivered more than 250 mentoring programmes around the world.
We provide ongoing support to all Scheme participants. The Scheme Director is available to address ongoing issues that may arise. We offer periodic Mentoring Surgeries over lunchtime, alternating between the City and Canary Wharf. These Surgeries provide an opportunity for small groups of participants in the Scheme to seek assistance and personalised input from the Scheme Director, alongside other guest participants and speakers, on ‘good mentoring conversations’. They are an invaluable way for both mentors and mentees to maximize the mutual benefit of the relationship and receive support where needed. We will conduct periodic feedback surveys of participants to ensure satisfaction and that we are offering the right level of support.
How to apply:
The Scheme operates semi-annual application windows: application forms will be posted here during the next opening in Autumn 2017.
Please address any correspondence on the above to Esther Cavett, the Cityparents Mentoring Scheme Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org