Mentoring to support your professional development
The BPF Futures mentoring programme, launched in 2021, connects young-in-career property professionals with senior peers and leaders across the industry. It supports the personal development of junior professionals and, at the same time, allows senior industry professionals to support and learn from their junior colleagues.
The scheme also supports the property industry’s mission to foster a stronger culture of equality, where ultimately a more diverse range of property professionals reach our industry’s boardrooms and senior decision-making positions in their careers.
Watch careers advice from BPF Futures mentors
This 60-minute webinar (click on image on the right) is packed with insights and advice on managing your career in the real estate profession.
With thanks to our guest speakers and BPF Futures mentors Guy Grainger, JLL; Andrew Tyler, Knight Frank and Sarah Penlington, Locktons.
BPF Futures mentoring scheme timeline
- May Mentors invited to sign up to the scheme.
- June Mentees invited to apply.
- July Matching process begins.
- August Pairs announced via individual email. Guidance pack issued to all participants. Mentees asked to reach out to their mentee to begin arranging meetings.
- Sept Kick-off event for all participants, usually at a central London venue
- Sept to April A minimum of six one-hour meetings, arranged by the mentee
- May Mentoring cohort concludes. Feedback survey circulated.
Why can’t I sign up now? So that we can administer the scheme to the best of our ability, the scheme runs on an annual basis, with applications opening in June each year.
How many places are there? We have approximately 100 places each year for mentees.
Who can apply? Any BPF Futures member from Scotland and England are welcome to apply. Please note, we cannot guarantee a mentoring match.
Where will the mentoring meetings take place? You can meet with your mentor via a phone or video call, in person, or a mixture of these.
What will we talk about? You can discuss any work-related issues that you may want to explore. The guidance pack, sent at the beginning of the programme, suggests topics. You might want to focus each meeting on a particular issue such as building confidence, expanding your network across the industry, career mapping, or making an impact.
What if things go wrong? If there are any problems with your mentoring, for instance, it it’s too hard to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet, or you don’t feel that your mentor is quite the right person for you then the BPF Futures team will help. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to ask for support.