Mentoring

Information for candidates

Many Chartered Members and Fellows of IChemE will willingly volunteer some of their time to support another member towards getting Chartered. It is highly valuable to gain the perspective and experience of someone who is; independent, has already successfully completed this process, and is probably more senior in their career, to help you build your experience and your report itself 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 (in the IChemE mentoring forms, or the C&C report template) and discuss what else you might have done that could be relevant.
  • assess - provide an objective rating as to how far you meet the standard required of a Chartered Member in each area, at this point in 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 though, that it is your responsibility to prepare for meetings to ensure that you make the most of this person's time, as they are volunteering to help you with their experience and it is likely that they will be even more busy than you are!

How do I get a mentor

Many companies will encourage this kind of support and link individuals with senior staff as a mentor. It is an obligatory commitment of all companies with IChemE accredited company training schemes (ACTS) to provide trainees with a mentor.

Outside of your company, your next step is to see if there is an IChemE member group in your area, and contact them to ask if they could search out a mentor. Otherwise, contact your local IChemE office to ask for assistance.

What if I don't have a mentor or am close to applying?

Even if you do not want a mentor during your training, or are already fully experienced and simply need to write the report, it is still of significant value 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.