Mentoring

Who’s eligible for the mentoring program?
Any member of TWC may sign up for a mentor. While the traditional mentoring relationship is of a more experienced career professional with an entry-level person, the nature of this rapidly changing and growing industry makes it appropriate for people of any age to work with a mentor-in some cases, the mentor may be younger than the mentoree. Mentors should have several years experience in a given field-e.g., a mentor in Internet design should have several years experience working as an Internet designer.

Who needs a mentor?
We all do! We all have skills and talents that we’ve developed and use in our every day lives, but we all have things we need and want to learn from others with more experience. A mentor can help develop specific skills ranging from the technical to management to personal development. Having a mentor can be an invaluable experience in growing a career.

Why should I be a mentor?
While mentoring doesn’t take a lot of time, it can make a huge difference not only for the person being mentored, but for the mentor. Chances are that you didn’t get where you are in your career without help-managers, colleagues, friends, parents, and coaches have mentored you in many ways-answering questions, giving advice, acting as a sounding board, proofreading your resume, practicing interviewing, etc. Being a mentor allows you to give back to the professional community by helping others as you’ve been helped. Interestingly, though, being a mentor helps you further develop your own skills. It often forces you to think about why things work the way they work, and stimulates creative ideas on how to do things better. Your mentoree will stimulate your mind, and often can give you a fresh perspective on an old situation.

How can a mentor help?
Mentors typically answer general questions about preparation for working in an industry, the work environment, and how to handle various situations the mentoree may encounter. Mentors can also help their mentorees prepare for job interviews, resume writing, etc., by posing questions or sharing information on what they would look for in hiring someone for the position the mentoree seeks. Mentors also share their professional experiences and offer guidance.

How long will the mentor be available once assigned?
The mentor relationship should last for an initial term of one year. After that period, mentor and mentoree may decide to continue the relationship or work with others.

How often should mentor and mentoree meet?
The mentor and mentoree should make an effort to meet once per month; more frequent contact via phone or e-mail to answer specific questions or just to check in is also recommended. The exact operations will vary from relationship to relationship and should be determined mutually by the parties involved.

If you are interested in getting involved with the mentoring program, let us know. Send an email to: info@thewomenscircuit.com

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