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Mentoring

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The scheme is currently open for new registrations for mentors and mentees. See below.

In 2012 IAH took its first steps to establish a mentoring scheme, inviting members to register interest and provide additional comments via an online questionnaire and subsequently undertaking an initial trial. In addition we sought the advice of a mentoring/career development expert, and produced guidance notes for those participating in the scheme (both givers and receivers of advice). Since this time we have taken note of comments and ideas received from those who responded, including the trial participants. We have made further calls for participation, our latest being open now. Latest news and information regarding participation is provided below.

As part of IAH’s “Forward Look” process, IAH is undertaking a review of the scheme to date during 2019. Questionnaires have been sent to a number of earlier participants of the scheme to obtain their feedback and suggestions and we are grateful for their responses. We will also be getting in touch with a number of national chapters for their possible input and views. Look out for further announcements over the year.

How the mentoring scheme assists

The IAH mentoring scheme brings support to its members in three important areas:

  • the scientific – providing advice and technical knowledge on various topics within the many strands of hydrogeological science;
  • career options and pathways – providing guidance on job types and locations, CVs, interviews, networking, courses and training openings;
  • practical experience – case studies, local hydrogeological knowledge of specific regions or aquifer types, volunteering to undertake short assignments.

We know that we have such knowledge throughout our association and intend that our mentoring scheme provides the mechanism to share it. Could you benefit? Do you have knowledge and experiences to share?

Joining the scheme

IAH’s mentoring scheme is open to interested members only (being a member benefit of our Association). We continue to invite participation on a rolling basis.  Of course, those who have a quick question or discussion point are free to use IAH’s social media channels and engage with IAH’s various national chapters and specialist groups, without formally joining the scheme. Don’t be shy – we are the global groundwater family!

Latest news

April-July 2019

We are accepting new applications from mentees (receivers of advice) and mentors (givers of advice).

If you are an IAH member and the scheme is of interest to you, please complete the relevant form from the links below. It is important that you provide as much detail as possible on the form – we are unable to consider applications that contain scant information and/or vague requests. In 2018, around a third of the applications received provided insufficient information. Detailed applications help us in our responses. They also help inform IAH more generally about members’ interests and needs from IAH and beyond.

Demand for mentors continues to outstrip supply. Please, if you could give a little time to help support mentees, we know it would be appreciated. Volunteering as a mentor does not take up as much time as you might think.

IAH mentoring scheme – mentor registration (giver of advice)

IAH mentoring scheme – mentee registration 2019 (receiver of advice)

Our Scheme is Your Scheme

We have some feedback from a successful mentoring partnership, namely Mike Jones and Geraint Burrows; both have kindly agreed that their comments can be passed on.

Read their story (extract from newsletter)

Find out more

IAH mentoring scheme – mentor registration (giver of advice)

IAH mentoring scheme – mentee registration 2019 (receiver of advice)

mentoring@iah.org

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