We offer a number of mentoring programmes and provide a safe, confidential environment for individuals to explore work, career and personal issues.
Peer group mentoring
Sometimes, its useful to meet and have a peer group in similar circumstances, with similar experiences and day to day worries who can share what is and isn’t working for them We offer small peer group mentoring for specific priority areas with two/three mentors supporting the group. Our peer groups are
- Physical and Mental Health
- Returners to Academia
These groups are intended to offer a safe space, we therefore ask everyone to treat the group and anything that is discussed within the group as confidential, please do read our Safeguarding Policy and the Code of Conduct for our mentoring schemes. Groups are small to ensure everyone feels they are able to contribute and offers sufficient time for each person to address their concerns. The peer group will meet for one hour every two months for a period of 12 months, you will need access to a PC/laptop/ mobile device to participate in webinars but will not need to download additional software. The first meeting is designed to introduce the scheme, identify common challenges and the things you would like to focus on as a group. The remainder of the meetings will focus more on the aspects that you agree between you as a peer group.
This peer group is for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ You may have shared this within your workplace, you may feel unable or do not wish to do so. The peer group is open to everyone regardless of your career stage, your gender or where in the world you might be. All meetings will take place via webinar, but please note, our mentors are based in Europe and the US and we’ll therefore host meetings within mid to late afternoon UK working hours. The peer group offers 3 mentors who identify as LGBTQ+ and we have spaces for upto 8 mentees.
Physical and Mental Health
This peer group is for anyone who manages a medical, physical or mental health condition. You may have already disclosed your condition and be managing this openly within your workplace or you may yet feel unable to do so. The peer group is open to everyone regardless of your career stage, your gender or where in the world you might be. All meetings will take place via webinar, but please note, our mentors are based in the UK and we’ll therefore host meetings within reasonable European working hours. The peer group offers three mentors with experience of managing of physical and mental health conditions in the workplace. We have spaces for upto 8 mentees.
Returners to Academia
This peer group is for anyone making a return to academia regardless of the reasons you have taken a break. You may be coming back after children, your own health or caring for others health, or any other reason. It is open to everyone regardless of your career stage, your gender or where in the world you might be. All meetings will take place via webinar, but please note, our mentors are based in the UK and Netherlands and we’ll therefore host meetings within reasonable European working hours. The peer group offers two mentors who have already made the return and feel able to share their experiences and upto 8 other group mentees.
Please do get in touch with Karen Devine if you have suggestions for other groups you would like to be a part of or think would support our members.
Women in Ecology Mentoring Scheme
We have run a mentoring scheme for women in ecology since 2009. Mentors provide professional support to mentees with everything from a change of career, moving to a lectureship from post-doctoral research or balancing work with family life.
Who can apply?
Mentees must be women BES members, who have completed a Bachelor’s degree.
Mentors must be BES members with more than five years work experience in any sector of relevance to ecology.
This scheme is international and applicants can be based anyone in the world.
Mentoring pairs will be introduced by email and invited to a training day which will take place in early November. It is not essential you attend the training day as all materials will be made available, but it is recommended to get the most out of the scheme.
For more information on what is expected from mentors and mentees, please read the Guide to the BES Women In Ecology Mentoring Scheme
How to apply?
Applications for this scheme have now closed for 2018/2019
Feedback from participants
A mentor says: “Two mentees have now got permanent jobs – I was able to offer specific advice on interview techniques and applications, which I hope was helpful. Also was able to offer advice on a range of other issues that arose.”
A mentee says: “The main benefit is support, and also to get the chance to discuss and plan my career. Otherwise you spend much time doing work, but not thinking about what you want to do later on, and how to get there.”
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