Each of us in our roles in the Civil Service faces challenges. Some of these are big, some small. But whether you’re leading change management across a department, or improving your competencies, what we all need is a guiding hand.
To do this more effectively, we’ve developed Mentor Match – a website that takes the areas you’d like to develop and matches them with people across the entire UK Civil Service network. The system also works the other way. If you’d like to be a mentor, you can sign up with your areas of expertise and find someone who you could mentor. Only civil servants can access the system.
Mentoring is incredibly valuable for personal and professional development. Our aim is to make it more accessible and to ensure that the full diversity of the Civil Service, across the country, can either share their skills with others, or seek advice from the best people.
It’s simple to sign up. If you have a LinkedIn profile you can use this, or create a profile directly. All we ask for is some simple information to identify your needs and areas of expertise, and you’ve got a profile. It takes less than 10 minutes!
As soon as you complete the initial profile, the system will match you with people who have already signed up. It will show you those you could help as a mentor, but also those who may be able to help you. Simply click a button and connect.
While the Civil Service has many bespoke mentoring schemes in place within departments, our aim is to provide an option that everyone can use. Mentoring should not be about ‘who you know’, or about filling in long forms, it should be simple and focus on ‘who can offer you the best guidance’. We hope Mentor Match will help you find that person, regardless of where they are in the Civil Service.
Spot-mentoring at Civil Service Live
Join us at Civil Service Live for the spot-mentoring sessions – these will give you a taste of what mentoring is all about. Register to attend the CS Live event nearest to you, and then come along on the day and sign up for a session.
Some departments are also rolling the Mentor Match platform out in the coming month. So, if you don’t find an initial match – check back! As more people sign up, more matches will become available.
Let us know if you have any recommendations for improving the site, or if we’ve missed something. Most importantly, sign up to Mentor Match and find yourself a mentor!
See what civil servants say about the importance of mentoring in this short film: