Did you know the Institute of Hospitality is looking for mentors for the Mentor Me scheme? If you are interested in being part of this scheme you may like to read this inspiring interview with one of our mentors, Rachel Begbie FIH. Let us know if you think you could help a student, apprentice or one of our Associate members.
Why did you decide to get involved in Mentor Me?
I had been thinking about getting involved for about 12 months, then when lockdown arrived, I applied and on the same day was matched with my mentee. For me it is an opportunity to give back, share my knowledge and experience, and help guide and support others. The industry has, and continues to provide me with some amazing opportunities, the Mentor Me programme allows me to give these to others too.
What have you enjoyed most about being a mentor?
I love seeing others grow and develop. Seeing their light bulb moments, when things just click into place. Over a longer period of time, it is great to see people you have mentored go on to achieve amazing things.
Has it helped you to develop your own skills?
Every mentoring experience is different, so as a mentor you are continually learning about yourself and how people react to you. It is always important to ask for feedback, to ensure your approach is working for your mentee.
What’s the best piece of advice you have given your mentee?
Leaders and managers often under-estimate the impact of themselves on others. Being emotionally intelligent is having a real understanding of yourself and how this affects those around us. Master this and you will achieve much more and feel true to yourself.
What would you say to someone considering getting involved?
It really is an enjoyable experience. I always look forward to my calls with my mentee. It’s a great feeling to be helping, supporting and guiding someone else. The Institute of Hospitality has an easy to use platform to record your conversations, but you can also put your own spin on things and offer more if your time allows. It’s a win-win for both you and the mentee.