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, one in 2015 and one in 2016. Latest news and information regarding participation is provided below.
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). Having trialled the scheme, we plan to continue to invite participation on a rolling basis, making announcements once or twice a year. Of course, those who have a quick question or discussion point are free to use IAH’s various LinkedIn groups at any time, without formally joining the scheme.
During 2017 the Secretariat reviewed all the registrations received in the second half of 2016 and identified a further batch of suitable partnerships. In this respect a number of potential mentors and mentees have been contacted with the aim of making “matches”; we also have a number of mentors held in reserve, ahead of our next call.
The 2016 call also identified some general themes that we may be able to address under our educational efforts; during 2017 these were discussed and some will feature in IAH’s future developments.
The scheme is presently closed to new registrations – look out for our next call in March 2018.
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 – Users’ Guide (members only)
Guide de l’utilisateur Programme de Mentorat AIH (members only)