The FIPI Mentoring program.

“We are delighted with the response to the mentoring program for our first year. The matches have been made and each pair will be together for a one-year meeting on average monthly. The first stage is to identify the mentee’s goals which will change often along with their mentoring journey.

Here is FIPIs mentoring definition:

Mentoring is a learning relationship between two people. It requires a range of human qualities such as trust, commitment and emotional engagement. It also involves a range of skills including listening, questioning, challenging and supporting, mentoring has a timescale, in some contexts, it is a life – long relationship, in others it may only be a few months.

During the training, we looked at various new skills that could be used during mentoring meetings. The humble inquiry principle was one of them. The Humble Inquiry is the skill and the art of drawing someone out of asking questions to which you do not already know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person. Another skill we discussed was giving feedback and how to approach this. As image consultants, we know the value of body language and this is very relevant when giving feedback.
-Pauline Bell, previous Head of Accreditation and Mentoring Program Facilitator

Katy Dyer:
“I found the mentoring workshop really useful and am looking forward to the process over the coming year. The training session was put together really well so that both mentors and mentees could learn and get something from the session in advance of the programme.”

Ellen Bletsoe:
“Thank you FIPI for a really interesting and informative Mentoring Workshop. It’s great to be a part of and I’m grateful to FIPI for this service to members.”

The Mentoring program at a glance:

The program is designed as a voluntary commitment for mentors and mentees.
The benefits to you as a mentee would be many including:

Gain the opportunity to reflect on your own development.
Develop key skills such as listening, questioning, facilitation, empathising and rapport building.
Develop leadership and management qualities.
Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers and clients.
Learn mentoring skills from the mentoring workshops that Fipi will organise -see below for details-
Feel more involved with FIPI and engaging within the image and stylists professionals community.
Your mentor can provide a fascinating link to what is happening in the more experienced part of industry or business.
Your mentor can update you on current issues as they happen.
Increase your network of friends and colleagues.
Gain recognition for your skills and experience.