When I first considered a return to work after a lengthy career break to raise my young family, my first point of call was Justine, a former colleague and friend who kindly agreed to act as a mentor.
Without Justine, I'm not convinced I would have found the courage to network and find work. Her advice and support as well as her views on managing a work life balance encouraged me to set up as a freelancer and I haven't looked back.
Whatever your age and stage of career, a mentor can be a key ingredient to success and so I was pleased to read about Cityparents cross-company mentoring scheme which is still open to applicants. (The deadline is 3 October).
Just one piece of advice, look after your mentor. Hopefully they will find their role rewarding but remember they are giving up their time to support you - make sure to thank them and perhaps take them out for lunch.
Cityparents Mentoring The application window for joining the Cityparents Mentoring Scheme is now open, closing 3 October 2016. Below, we give a short explanation of what our scheme offers and how to apply. Framework We operate a cross-company mentoring scheme, providing valuable 1-1 support to working parents in our network. Participants are from a broad range of City professions including law, investment banking, asset management, accountancy, human resources, information technology, regulation and professional services. A cross-company scheme has huge advantages in allowing mentees to be matched with a mentor from outside their own firm, or even (if appropriate) outside their industry/profession.