Mentoring has proven to be a successful tool to support individuals returning to work after an employment break due to redundancy or caring responsibilities and can also help those who wish to change or develop their existing career.
Career Circles™ were developed by Inova Consultancy in 2001 and use an innovative methodology which combines the benefits gained from one to one mentoring with those from working with a group of peers. A combination of action learning, coaching and peer mentoring principles provides mentees with a wider source of support and inspiration for idea generation and greater creativity in problem solving during a period of career development or change.
Within the Circle suite of products, Inova has also developed and run:
• Mentoring Circles™ to help with personal reflection and self-development.
• Enterprise Circles™ to support start-up businesses or to help you grow your existing business.
Career Circles usually have up to 5 individuals (mentees) working with 1 trained mentor/facilitator. Circles meet for an agreed number of sessions e.g. once every four to six weeks, over an agreed time period. A Career Circle lasts approximately 3-4 hours with every member given the opportunity to discuss individual issues, followed by group support and members acting as a sounding board for individuals to bounce ideas and potential solutions to problems/issues.
Career Circles help individuals to explore their options for developing their current career or support individuals who have been out of work due to health issues, redundancy or caring responsibilities to return to work. Circles are based on an action learning methodology where circle members are encouraged to facilitate learning through asking open questions rather than offering advice and are encouraged to engage in self-reflection practices.