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Mentoring is an effective method of personal and professional career development that helps individuals to identify their strengths, needs, values and potential and realise their aspirations.

The FMLM mentoring scheme is available to members at any career stage.



What is mentoring?

Mentoring is ‘a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else[1]. Having a mentor can help work performance, motivation and engagement, as well as clarification of personal and professional career goals. Mentoring is usually based on a process of support, questioning and listening. 

What can mentoring do for you?

For the mentee
Mentoring provides a safe haven to explore professional development and work-based issues. The mentor provides a sounding board for difficult decisions, an independent view on things, access to knowledge and experience and someone to encourage you when things are not going well. Mentees typically progress faster in their learning than those without a mentor.

For the mentor
Mentoring is a great opportunity to develop skills in developing others. It gives mentors the opportunity to reflect and review their own experience and offer insight into the learning gained. Working with the mentee’s issues often leads to invaluable insights into their own working situation. When asked what they gain from mentoring, mentors often say they gain intellectual challenge and the satisfaction of helping another develop.

How it works

FMLM runs a national mentoring service available for all members, at any career stage. The mentoring scheme was developed on the back of a hugely successful pilot trainee and medical student mentoring scheme that ran from 2013/2014.

The mentoring scheme is voluntary and confidential. Mentors and mentees are paired based on the needs identified by mentees and the ability of mentors to meet these needs.

Once matched, mentors and mentees will agree to the principles for the scheme including the flexibility for mentees to change their mentor and vice versa if the mentoring relationship is not working. The length of the mentoring relationship is flexible and determined jointly by the mentor and mentee. This is a free service for FMLM members and is an important part of the membership benefits offered.

[1] USC 2013 – University of South Carolina, CMIS Alumni Society Mentor Program

Become a mentor or a mentee

Our mentor specification sets out the requirements of some of the skills and experiences we expect from our mentors.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, then please get in touch with mentoring [at] fmlm [dot] ac [dot] uk.

Contact us

For any other questions, don't hesitate to get in touch at mentoring [at] fmlm [dot] ac [dot] uk.

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