"As a beginner, you can be overwhelmed by a million questions. Having a mentor — someone who is more experienced and perhaps older — can really help you along the way. Being mentored has offered me professional peace of mind. I know that if I'm faced with a thorny issue, there’s someone to throw me a lifeline. I have been able to grow faster within a safer environment than I could have managed alone." - a SENSE member
Launched in 2011, the Mentoring Programme brings experienced SENSE members into contact with less experienced SENSE members seeking advice and/or training.
To promote a more professional and formal relationship between the mentor and mentee, the mentor receives financial compensation (€60 per hour) for providing up to 6 hours of mentoring. This scheme is subsidized by the society: the mentee pays €20 per hour and SENSE pays €40 per hour.
The mentoring programme aims to provide members with the type of mentoring which best fits their needs. It is up to the mentor and mentee to clarify a set of wishes and aims for the help to be given. Three options are available today:
- Informal mentoring. This is aimed at sharing best-practice information, providing a sounding board and giving personal feedback. Informal mentoring can take place via e-mail, phone, Skype or in person.
- Internship. This type of mentoring is intended to help members improve their skills in particular areas and/or acquire new skills. Specific goals and activities are agreed upon with the mentor. This form of mentoring can — but need not — involve work placement.
- Peer sharing. The SENSE Mentoring Programme and special interest groups (SIGs) regularly hold mini-workshops and peer-sharing meetings. These allow members of SENSE to share their experiences but also develop their training skills to contribute to SENSE in the future. Specific needs are often identified for hands-on practice and discussion under the guidance of one or more experienced SENSE members.