All I want for Christmas is a mentor
As we approach the end of 2017, thoughts turn to festive cheer and buying the perfect gifts for friends and family. But have you thought about what you can offer your fellow CAs?
Over the course of your development as a seasoned and successful professional, there have likely been people who helped along the way by sharing guidance and advice on how to progress and shape your career. Why not take the initiative to become a mentor?
Helping to develop the career of a younger colleague or rising star in your professional sphere can be a rewarding and challenging experience. At this time of year, many will start to consider their plans and goals for the year ahead, making it the perfect time to reach out and volunteer your time.
Give the gift of guidance: Become a mentor
CAs work at all levels of business, industry, and finance, guaranteeing that there is at least one person out there who could vastly benefit from your perspective.
The ICAS Career Mentoring Programme creates global mentoring opportunities for CAs by combining a sophisticated mentor / mentee matching system with a straightforward sign-up process. It is available to all ICAS members and presents a unique opportunity to help shape the careers of other CAs.
Engaging with the next generation of ICAS success stories is a fantastic way to make a positive difference.
By becoming a mentor, you will embark on a unique professional relationship that will give you the opportunity to influence the future of the profession as a whole and become an inspiring role model to an up-and-coming CA. Engaging with the next generation of ICAS success stories is a fantastic way to make a positive difference in someone's life, keep up to date with the latest developments affecting business and finance, and leave a legacy.
The best part is working with young accountants who are full of ambition, but not quite clear on the path they should follow.
Graeme Reid CA, Founder of his own Executive Coaching practice and mentor to a number of CAs around the world, advocates the programme. He said: "The best part is working with young accountants who are full of ambition, but not quite clear on the path they should follow. It is rewarding when a mentee gains a new insight into their character or behaviour that helps them move forward.
"I think the ICAS mentoring programme is an excellent opportunity for both mentors and mentees, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking to develop themselves and their career."
Find out more about Graeme's mentoring experiences and why you should sign up to follow in his footsteps by watching the video below.