MRS has developed a specialist Mentoring Scheme to give members access to senior individuals in the research sector for professional mentoring. The Scheme provides matched members with the support of an experienced professional who can help you optimise your work and plan your future. Mentoring is recognised within the MRS CPD scheme.

Created for the research sector, the scheme is designed in response to demands to equip research professionals with a new combination of skills for today’s market.

  

“It has been an incredibly insightful and inspiring journey. You did a great job pairing us together, we’re definitely on the same page with many things.”

 

Marie Hense, Head of Research, HIM & MCA Insight

  

“The MRS Mentoring Scheme is a way to be able to give back to the industry more widely and help develop talent coming through but equally, as a mentor, it provides an insight into different organisations and the cultural challenges faced which I think is also a learning experience for the mentor themselves.”

 

Nick Bonney, Founder, Deep Blue Thinking

What to expect

  • The mentoring process is designed to assist you in developing effective approaches to achieving your goals.
  • Your mentor will be an industry professional and an MRS Certified Member and will provide their advice, guidance and support on a voluntary basis.
  • You will connect with your mentor in person, by phone or video chat depending on your preference and location. (All partnerships will be conducted remotely during the pandemic)
  • The relationship usually lasts for 12 months, however everyone's situations vary.
  • The mentoring scheme is not designed to provide detailed specific technical training or to provide support to businesses.

 

It's a six-step process

(The current application period closes on 13 July)

1. Become an MRS member

The MRS mentoring scheme is only available to individual MRS Members. (To become a mentor you will need to be a Certified MRS or Fellow of the society). Places are allocated on a number of criteria including location, expertise, availability of mentor and stage in career.

2. Think about what you would like to get out of the experience.
  • What outcomes or performance improvements am I looking for?
  • What am I prepared to put in to the programme in order to achieve these outcomes?
  • How will I manage my time and energy to put into practice the changes I identify through the scheme?
  • How will I ensure my employer will support me to make the changes I want to achieve? 

3. Watch the webinar and read the handbook.

4. Complete your application within the specified application period.

5. MRS begins the matching process.

6. Contracts are signed and the mentoring relationship begins 
What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a supportive process that enables you, the Mentee, to work in confidence with a Mentor who is willing to share their knowledge and skills with you in a relationship of mutual trust.

Mentoring is popular with professional people at all levels of their career. It is a positive way to gain support to think through strategic decisions as well as manage day-to-day work challenges more effectively.

How does mentoring work?

Mentoring takes place within a confidential one-to-one relationship, where Mentors encourage you to collate your thoughts and feelings. The mentoring process is designed to assist you in developing effective approaches to achieving your goals. The relationship lasts for as long or as little as you need – although a period of 6-12 months is often optimum. Though every relationship and career situation is different.

What are the benefits of mentoring?

Working with a mentor can help you to face new challenges, cope with the demands of promotion, invigorate your career, manage changing circumstances and balance the pressures of your working life with your home life. It can also give you greater insight into how to progress effectively.

Mentoring can help you to develop over a substantial period of time and can support you in addressing a wide range of different issues that have the potential to impact your professional life and career development.

Who is a mentor?

Mentors are senior professionals in the field holding the professional membership grades of either Certified Member or Fellow. They want to give something back to their profession, be that their experience, insight, support, ability to offer an additional perspective or capacity to allow you to reflect on your actions.

Mentoring and MRS

Mentoring is beneficial to both you and to your Mentor, who can offer you neutral and objective support. They can support you seeing the bigger picture, enabling you and challenging you as required. Mentoring offers an added perspective that comes from working with someone who has many years of experience and insights into the challenges you may be facing.

At MRS we have been running a Diversity and Inclusion programme for several years, and we are keen to increase opportunity within the sector for less represented groups. We recognise the importance of matching people that have faced similar challenges or have experienced similar environments. There should be no other reason for an individual not to progress in their career other than personal choice or professional competence.  

We are actively seeking Mentors from BAME and LGBTQ+ communities and should a Mentee wish to be matched with a Mentor from a particular community or background they are welcome to make this request on their application.

Who can access the MRS Mentoring Scheme?

The MRS Mentoring Scheme available to all individual MRS Members as a free membership benefit. There is a matching service to ensure you are connected to the right mentor. Places are limited so there can be a waiting list for the scheme. Individuals are allocated places on the basis of location, match and mentoring needs and ambitions, as well as availability.

The application period is currently closed and members will receive an email when the next phase opens.

Please use the resources below to assist you in your application:

Mentees

Members or Certified Members can apply to be mentored. Selection criteria is based on availability of mentors, location, match and assessed needs. There is an application process and you will be asked to watch a webinar. This will help you understand the process, set your objectives and determine your goals.

MRS Members can apply to become an MRS Mentee here

Mentors

Senior professionals holding Certified membership or Fellow grades can qualify to be Mentors. Selected Mentors undertake a day's professional Mentor training at MRS to qualify. You will then be matched with a suitable mentee usually close to your geographic location.

MRS Members can apply to become an MRS Mentor here

As MRS members you and your mentees also have access to the following (please note that you need to first log onto MyMRS to access these):

 In the Press

Impact: Advice From Above

To find out more please refer to the handbooks or contact mentoring@mrs.org.uk.

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