Well, it’s a little bit of an inflammatory article title, but there’s a deep vein of truth in it.
The most honest feedback I receive in life is after the final whistle is blown and I’m sitting in the pub with my mates.
Over the years I have done my fair share of recruitment and have been very successful in recruiting highly skilled and talented fundraisers. Last year, however, I started to find recruitment more difficult and found myself frequently having to go back to market. I was still getting a good number of applications which, on paper, looked like very credible but something wasn’t clicking.
Having just embarked on a new role as Mid Value Lead at Cancer Research UK, this was a conversation during the first week of the IoF’s Future Leader Programme that felt extremely timely and apt.
Having a mentor is a hugely valuable experience. Having someone to talk to, share experiences with and open your eyes to opportunities is crucial in the world of work.
Last year I entered the June cohort of the IoF London Mentoring scheme. I hoped that I had something to offer other fundraisers but in truth I didn’t really know what to expect...