Why Join the Future Connect Mentoring Scheme?
If you are looking for career guidance to help take you to the next stage of your career, our mentoring scheme matches Future Connect Members with a mentor from another firm.
These mentors help you to develop your future career in the industry, shaping your experience together.
All of our mentors are experienced finance professionals, who are here to help you develop your skills, advance your goals and learn from other’s experiences to reach your full potential. Hear more about the scheme in our video.
Why is Mentoring Important?
As a Mentor, Why Join?
We know through our regular conversations with industry the level of talent and expertise we have in Jersey. Through joining the Future Connect Mentoring Scheme you will be sharing this knowledge and experience with Jersey’s next generation. Not only that but you will:
- Educate local talent and share your leadership and technical skills with them
- Guide the next generation to transition into more senior roles
- Meet potential employees of the future
- Build new relationships and learn new perspectives
- Build exposure for your company’s brand and profile
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a formal relationship between two people, where one generally has more experience in the workforce and both parties are willing to share their experiences. The main purpose of mentoring is to provide support and to encourage people to maximize their potential, develop skills, improve performance, and become the person they want to be.
What is the Future Connect Mentoring Scheme?
Future Connect mentoring scheme is an annual scheme which matches Future Connect Members (mentees) with a mentor from another member firm within the financial and related professional services industry. The scheme runs for six months (from September/October to March/April). We facilitate the connection and provide mentors and mentees with an initial guide. From then on, it is up to mentees and mentors to decide on the key aims, goals, and mutual commitments.
When does the Mentoring Scheme run?
The Future Connect mentoring scheme runs annually, for six months, usually starting around September/October and concluding in March/April the following year.
The scheme is started through a kick-off event, which gives mentees and mentors an opportunity to meet for the first time and take away some helpful guides and tools. Follow-up sessions and support are provided by Jersey Finance throughout the scheme.
What do I gain from the scheme as a mentee?
All of our mentors are experienced professionals, who help mentees develop their skills, advance their goals, and enable mentees to learn from other’s experiences to reach their full potential.
Through the mentoring scheme, you will gain an external party that can help you develop skills needed to succeed and that can provide you with a different perspective to your development and career progression.
What do I gain from the scheme as a mentor?
Similar to mentees, mentors will be able to gain an external perspective of their industry and learn a new way of thinking – which can help in their personal and professional life.
By helping others, Mentors build on their leadership skills and develop ability to motivate and encourage. This can help them become a better manager, employee, and team member.
We also encourage reverse mentoring. In a traditional mentoring relationship, the senior, more experienced person acts as a mentor. In reverse mentoring, the experienced person is the mentee and is paired up with a younger mentor.
This helps senior employees and junior employees develop new skills. For example, a leader might want to learn new digital skills while gaining a fresh perspective on their business or industry.
Reverse mentoring doesn’t always have to be based solely on age it could be based on management level.
How do I join the mentoring scheme?
To join the mentoring scheme, please email, Nathalie Andersson. Please note that the scheme is run on an annual basis, so there might be a wait depending on when you get in touch.
What level do I have to be to be a mentee?
The scheme is aimed at those starting out their careers in the financial and related professional services industry, including those studying for their professional qualifications. As an indicator, we suggest that mentees have below four or five years of experience in the industry.
What level do I have to be to be a mentor?
To be a mentor, we suggest that you are at Senior Manager level and above – you don’t need to have previous experience in mentoring.
What is the time commitment required?
Mentors and mentees work together on mutually agreed goals over a period of six months. During this time, we suggest that mentors and mentees meet on at least a monthly basis, but each pairing designs their own mentoring relationship.