A new member benefit was announced during the conference. The BAA Mentoring Scheme brings together experienced Audiologists, service leads, early professionals and other partners to mentor within our community. The scheme aims to improve confidence and self-belief, coach early professionals and offer guidance and support for career development.

At the heart of the scheme is a focus on our members – to do well in practice, their career and work towards achieving their goals more broadly.

Mentoring can produce excellent results for the mentor and the mentee. It is a low-cost yet highly personalised approach to development. Mentoring demonstrates a commitment to the individual’s development but is not as directive as other developmental approaches such as training courses. A mentor is effectively a person who is not directly involved with the mentee’s job role but listens to, guides and advises the mentee, in full confidentiality.

We can all find it useful to be mentored at different stages in our professional lives – when new to the profession; in transition between posts; when wanting to progress or change direction; or for some other reason. The BAA Mentoring Scheme offers personal development for both the mentor and the mentee.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Mentor or if you would like to benefit from a Mentor, please email admin@baaudiology.org