IDI Mentor Programme

"The IDI mentoring experience has been invaluable to me. It came at a time when I needed some practical advice relating to the day-to-day challenges of starting up an independent design practice. It has been a great opportunity to learn from someone who has specialised industry knowledge, experience and an in-depth understanding of the business of design." - Graduate IDI Member, Dublin 2013

Feedback and research confirms what we know intuitively - that mentoring really works.

We recognise that professional practice can be challenging, even daunting. We know that sometimes designers can feel alone in dealing with the day-to-day challenges of work or professional life, and that’s why we have worked to develop an accessible Mentoring Programme.

The IDI Mentor Programme is primarily aimed at newer and younger members, but is available to all Members of the IDI as we recognise a Mentor can be valuable at different career phases. It aims to provide expertise and guidance on an informal basis and we are very grateful to our longstanding members who give of their time to provide this service. The Mentor panel rotates on a regular basis.

Role of the Mentor

The Mentors primary role is to listen and act as a sounding board and advisor. They will act as an objective eye and encourage independence, while providing constructive feedback. A mentor can offer guidance with general career or business development and the acquisition of professional skills and training.

Format

The IDI Mentor programme offers two hours with a Mentor -  typically two one-hour meetings. Mentoring generally delivers best results when everyone involved has a clear goal and shared objectives, and the application form aims to highlight for the Mentor and applicant the focus of the mentoring sessions

Code of conduct

The onus is on the mentee to provide the information to the Mentor, so the Mentor can identify challenges/issues/materials to which she/he can respond.

We ask that all successful applicants are respectful of the Mentor’s time and obligation, and are willing to take constructive criticism. The basic values of mentoring are integrity, impartiality and respect. It is the Mentors responsibility to ensure that the mentoring is delivered in an accountability and responsibility manner, and both Mentor and Mentee act with courtesy and consideration at all times.

Confidentiality

Both parties will hold all information concerning the affairs of the other in the strictest confidence and will not disclose or use proprietary information obtained during the meetings for personal benefit (outside of the business objectives) or for the benefit of others. They must also treat in confidence personal information about the other whether obtained directly or indirectly or inference.

Testimonial

“The IDI mentoring experience has been invaluable to me. It came at a time when I needed some practical advice relating to the day-to-day challenges of starting up an independent design practice. It has been a great opportunity to learn from someone who has specialised industry knowledge, experience and an in-depth understanding of the business of design.” - Dublin-based designer, MIDI (June 2012)

How to apply

Applications are invited from any Member who feels they could benefit. If you are interested or would like to know more, contact Denis at info@idi-design.ie