The fundraising profession is developing in Ireland. It is great to see more and more people come to the sector and for it to become a career path for people.
I remember when I started off in Fundraising, I didnt have a clue what to expect. I was lucky to be surrounded by people who had been in the sector for a while and who guided me. The sector has changed since then but the need for guidance for new entrants is still there.
This is where I am hoping you can come in.
Lots of new fundraisers are looking for mentors. Someone who will sit with them for just a few hours, once a month. Someone who will talk to them and guide them. Lots of people in Ireland who read this blog have been in the sector for some time now, and would be perfectly suited to this role.
Yes I know you are busier now than you have ever been. But by helping bring through and mentor new talent you will be helping to make the sector stronger. You can also learn from it yourself!! As you well know meeting and talking to people is a great way to broaden your horizons and develop your own thinking, so there are certainly personal benefits to this.
As a mentor you could:
- encourage mentees to stay motivated and focused on their professional development
- help mentees to overcome daily challenges
- offer mentees opportunities to consider new career paths and to acquire economic skills and knowledge that they will require to progress their careers.
This is about the future of our industry. By agreeing to be a mentor you further committing to that future.
If you can spare just a few hours once a month, please contact Ed in Fundraising Ireland; firstname.lastname@example.org