FINAL CALL – ITFA Martin Ashurst Mentorship Programme 2024

There is 1 week left to join the 2024 cohort of the ITFA Martin Ashurst Trade Finance Mentoring Programme!

For those familiar with the programme, applying this year is easier than ever – just fill in the online form here: ITFA Martin Ashurst Mentorship Programme Questionnaire

Those interested in participating should complete the questionnaire by 8th March 2024Questionnaire
Still not convinced or would like to know more?

Building on top of the developments achieved in 2023, the Emerging Leaders Committee worked hard again on making the programme ever more attractive for both mentors and mentees. As such, the 2024 cohort will also benefit from the initiatives we introduced in 2023 to increase the added value for those participating, such as:
> Kick-off webinar / live event to meet everyone and talk through best practices of mentoring and personal development – a new segment in this year’s session
> Regular best practices sessions to guide the ongoing mentoring relationship
> One-to-one support for mentors and mentees
> Cross-mentoring opportunities for mentees (having access to more than one mentor for different skill sets – upon request)
> Dedicated online / presential networking opportunities within the community
> Closed LinkedIn group connecting mentors and mentees
> Selected community members to feature in the ITFA Newsletter and / or
> Access to selected ITFA education materials to support the mentoring process and career positioning
> Full access to ITFA Emerging Leaders events

Who are we looking for?

Mentors: relevant experience in trade finance, regardless of the specialist background, combined with a sense of fulfilment for empowering others with knowledge about the industry. No requirement for mentors to be ITFA members provided that they are referred by one if they are not.

Mentees: students, existing professionals in other industries or other areas of banking, existing professionals in trade finance, all with a desire to get to know about trade finance as an exciting career path. Mentees are naturally also not required to be employed by an ITFA member. Please express your interest only if you really want to participate (we have had instances in the past where mentees applied and then did not follow through, which was an unpleasant experience for their mentors). Also, if you have 10 or more years of trade finance experience please clearly outline the rationale for your participation as a mentee in the questionnaire and what you aspire to achieve.
How is the mentoring process and how long should it last? (more details will be provided during the initial kick-off event)
> Programme will run until the end of the year to allow mentors and mentees to develop a solid relationship
> Format is extremely flexible and can be agreed between mentors and mentees to suit their schedules and preferences
> Discussions should revolve around trade finance and opportunities in trade finance but experience tells us that mentoring often empowers participants much beyond careers
> No maximum number of meetings but we recommend a minimum of two
What happens next?

> Complete the online form here: ITFA Martin Ashurst Mentorship Programme Questionnaire to register your interest, confirming whether you are participating as a mentor or as a mentee and which topic you would like to focus on; the deadline to apply is 8th March 2024
> We will collate all the information received and match mentors and mentees
> Emails introducing mentors and mentees will be circulated at the end of March
> The process begins straight after the introductory emails have been shared and we will schedule the kick off webinar
This programme has impacted over 180 people since its creation and helped shape many trade finance careers. More than that, it has created lifelong friendships between mentors and mentees, which is at the heart of what ITFA represents.

We look forward to welcoming you as members of our 2024 mentor-mentee community!
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