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Mentoring opportunities are now available for the new Women Returners’ Career Boost Mentoring Programme.
Women Returners is looking for volunteers to register as Return to Work Mentors for their new Career Boost Mentoring Programme for Scottish returners.
The programme will run from January to March 2022, with one-to-one weekly mentoring sessions with a mentee and it will take place virtually. While many employers who run returner programmes use mentors, these are usually internally recruited. The programme takes this another step.
It is part of their Scottish Government-funded Career Boost Accelerator Programme, available free-of-charge for any Scottish woman who is on a career break of at least six months due to childcare, elder care, redundancy or other reasons.
Mentors can be any gender and should have at least 10 years of professional experience, be currently employed in a professional role or have recently retired, be UK-based and willing to share their own experience.
Women Returners says being a mentor can be a great way to help a returner who might be struggling with confidence on their skills and assist them to rediscover their full potential. The aim is to help returners to achieve their objectives and rebuild their confidence.
Whilst the focus is on the mentee’s goals, Women Returners says there are also many skills mentors will develop as a mentor. These include leadership and communication skills as well as gaining new perspectives that can be beneficial in their own work.
The programme involves spending two or three one-hour online sessions with mentees between January and March and working together on set goals.
At the beginning of the sessions mentors will agree on objectives to focus on with their mentee. Some of the potential goals outlined by Women Returners are: