Learning to inspire


Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool.

It’s an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers and is becoming increasing popular as its potential is realised. It is a helpful relationship between two people (mentor and mentee) based upon mutual trust and respect. The mentor guides the mentee in finding the right direction, helping them develop solutions to career issues and think about career options and progress.

Tessa O’Neill, IABC UK President talks about her experience of mentoring and inspiring others as well as the rewards of being a mentor.

You learn about yourself and realise you know a lot more than you probably think you did.

As a mentee, you get the chance to look more closely at yourself, your issues, opportunities and what you want in life.
Mentoring can help you:

  • Become more self aware about strengths and weaknesses
  • Take responsibility for your life
  • Direct your life in the direction you decide, rather than leaving it to chance.

Read more about 7 Habits of highly successful mentors and meentes

Preparing for lift off

If you’re looking for a boost to your career, in need of some additional advice and guidance about your next job role, or even wanting to brush up on an area of your skills – a mentor may be just what you need.

IABC in the UK has been running a mentoring programme for the last two years with the aim of providing its members with precisely the kind of career guidance and support that they need to progress in this competitive industry.

IABC UK has trained nine mentors, from global heads of communication and company chairmen to experienced entrepreneurs – and they’re waiting for your call.  While they come from different sectors, and have different experiences, they have one thing in common – they’re committed to their mentees and invested in their futures.

Tessa O'Neill“It’s a great way of gathering new insight on your career and development – and it’s FREE! We work with people at very different stages of their career – from people looking for their second, or even their first job in communication, to those who are quite senior and looking for new challenges.” said Tessa O’Neill, one of the mentors.



Fiona Breen, an IABC UK member who has used the service recently, agrees.

Fiona BreenIf you want to be challenged and develop your approach to work, get a mentor. Mentoring offers the opportunity to be challenged and consider how you can change your behaviour to get the outcomes you want. It’s valuable to learn from someone with more experience, particularly if their career path is quite different from your own as they bring fresh insights. To make the most of the opportunity, you need to be hungry for change.” she said.


The Process

So, how does it all work? First you’ll need to think about and answer some questions such as:

  • What type of assistance do you need from  your mentor
  • What is your overall objective
  • What expectations do you have of your mentor
  • How often would you meet
  • When and where will you meet
  • What will be the ground rules for your discussion e.g. confidentiality, openness, candour, truthfulness
  • If problems arise how will they be resolved
  • How will you know when the mentoring relationship has served it purpose and needs to be terminated

Then you contact [email protected] who will match you with one of our mentors based on the answers you’ve provided.

Together with your mentor, you’ll have to agree what topics your initial meeting will focus on and make a plan for subsequent meetings.

Please keep Karen informed on how your mentoring relationship progresses and whether you need further help.

So what are you waiting for?  Join our Mentoring Programme now.


Post written by Karen Drury, Challenging, supportive executive coach & internal communication consultant.
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