The Business Continuity Institute

The Business Continuity Institute

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Mentoring is a developmental partnership which enables the exchange of best practice and the open consideration of career opportunities. A successful partnership can overcome the common concern that business continuity practitioners tend to sit on their own within different organizations, making it difficult to exchange ideas with others in the field.

About the BCI mentoring programme

Our mentoring programme aims to help our members with their career growth and development by matching those looking for a career mentor with suitable mentors.

However it's much more than that. It's a learning and development toolkit built upon the twin foundations of mentoring and e-learning, which support a wide range of learning and development resources. All accessible from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer, irrespective of manufacturer and operating system.

The resources include:

  • The Mentor Match Me Guide to Mentoring
  • The Journey
  • Learning Diary
  • Learning Resources

Members can achieve significant benefits by being matched to a mentor.

How mentoring can benefit members

  1. Studies show that professionals who have a mentor earn more annually than those who don't and 75% of interviewed executives say mentoring has played a key role in their careers.
  2. Receive independent advice about your expectations and career plan.
  3. Help to develop the capabilities and skills needed to succeed in a dynamic global economy.
  4. Help in identifying your strengths, weaknesses and the best way to use these in your career.
  5. You will get insight into the different routes you could take to achieve your career goals.
  6. Develop knowledge of discipline-related and non-technical skills.
  7. You will be able to access support, professional development, guidance and networking opportunites.
  8. Overcome challenges with the support of a mentor who has been through the same experiences.

How mentoring can benefit mentors

Mentors can gain:

  1. The ability to develop your coaching and mentoring skills.
  2. The ability to pass on your experience as an employer or employee
  3. A chance to use your communication and leadership skills and industry knowledge
  4. The satisfaction of helping others enhance their career development strategies
  5. A new perspective on your professional and personal experiences
  6. Satisfaction from helping others to overcome challenges and in this way broadening your own experience
  7. The opportunity to develop new skills through the process of 'Reverse Mentoring'.
  8. Networking opportunities with fellow members

How does it work?

You will receive your log-in details with your username and password, to access the BCI Mentor Match website. You will be prompted to complete a profile form, which will enable mentors and mentees to be matched based on areas of common interest and experience. Once matched we recommend our mentors and mentees meet (Face to face or via Skype) for a couple of hours per month.

The BCI mentoring website contains a wealth of resources and tools to help mentees and mentors in their mentoring relationship.

To register as a mentee or mentor, please log in to the members' area and under 'Membership Benefits' click through to the mentoring site. If you have any further questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mentoring is one of the most satisfying things I have been involved in with the BCI. I gain great satisfaction knowing that I’m contributing in some small way towards somebody else’s efforts in achieving their goals and aspirations. If you were a senior practitioner I would ask yourself the question, why would I not want to help others through the experience I have gained in such a specialist and still relatively new profession?

And don’t for one minute think that you can’t also learn anything from your mentee. I have learned so much from my mentees over the years that have contributed to my own career.

There is a quote that I think applies well to mentoring and that is “the value of experience is not seeing much, but in seeing wisely”. So why not give the others, particularly the next generation, the benefit of seeing more wisely than we did?

Steve Mellish FBCI