Many Chartered Members and Fellows of IChemE willingly volunteer their time to support other members towards a professional qualification - ie getting Chartered. It's highly beneficial to gain the perspective and experience of someone who has already successfully completed this process, and is probably more senior in their career, to help you build your experience up to the level required for Chartered Member.
Benefits of having a mentor
- contact with a Chartered Chemical Engineer
- reassurance and confidence to apply
- technical guidance from someone experienced
- better progress
- higher quality report(s)
- improved chance of success first time.
What mentoring involves
A mentor will make about an hour of their time available to you, approximately once every three months, in order to:
- review - your record of training and development to date and discuss other work/training/recent experience that could be relevant to your application
- assess - provide an objective rating as to how far you meet the standard required of a Chartered Member in each area, at the current time
- plan - help you decide what to focus on next
- action - assist you in identifying what you can do to make your plan happen.
Remember - it's your responsibility to prepare for meetings to ensure that you make the most of this person's time. They're volunteering to help you by sharing their knowledge and experience and it is likely that they will be even busier than you are!
How to find a mentor
Many companies will encourage this kind of support and will link individuals with a senior staff mentor. It is an obligatory commitment of all companies with IChemE accredited company training schemes (ACTS) to provide trainees with a mentor.
What if I don't have a mentor and am ready to apply?
Even if you feel that you don't need a mentor during your training, or are already fully experienced and simply need to write a Competence and Commitment (C&C) report, it can still be valuable to seek out at least one or two informal reviews of your C&C report prior to submission to IChemE. An external viewpoint will help you to make sure you are explaining your experience in the best possible way.