BECOME A MENTOR
“Mentoring has been a very rewarding experience. Seeing her excitement and curiosity about technology has fueled my own desire to learn more. It has been a great way to honor my own mentor and help the next generation of smart, capable women in STEM.”
– Mentor Amie Parcinski
BENEFITS OF BEING A MENTOR*
Mentoring is an opportunity to help young professionals improve their skills, continue their education, and become better at their jobs. Not only does it help your industry (and perhaps your organization, should you mentor someone within it), but it can also make you feel good by helping someone else.
Becoming a mentor can help you learn how to oversee and guide others. Discover how to manage younger workers and tap into your leadership abilities through advising a mentee.
It’s inevitable that a professional younger than you will know more about a topic you’re less familiar with. For example, if you’re a [Generation X], perhaps taking on a [Millennials] mentee can help you learn more about certain aspects of technology or social media. Every generation has their strengths, and mentor relationships are a great way to learn from one another so we can all improve our professional lives.
Even if you’ve never wanted to be a teacher, sharing your knowledge with someone else can be empowering. Help other professionals avoid pitfalls you may have faced in your career, become better at specific tasks or assignments, or learn to navigate the organization you’re working for.
Although you probably have a variety of professional connections at this stage in your career, a mentor-mentee relationship offers different benefits than other acquaintance-like relationships. You’re certainly more connected to your mentee than other networking contacts. Not only can your mentee introduce you to people to add to your network, but you can do the same for them, too.
EXPECTATIONS OF A MENTOR
- STEM undergraduate degree preferred or STEMrelated experience (2+ years)
- Mentor experience preferred but not required
- Fill out application and undergo interview process
- Passionate about elevating young girls in STEM
- Guide your mentee through Thriving Elements mentoring curriculum which includes but not limited to:
- Introduction to Thriving Elements
- Quality Traits of Leaders
- Leaders Giving Back to the Community
- Importance of Goal Setting & Planning Part I
- Importance of Goal Setting & Planning Part II
- Importance of Taking Risks, Failures & Perseverance
- Social Media Awareness
- Why Women Matter in STEM
- Maintain regular contact in order to develop the relationship
- Set up expectations for how and when you’ll contact each other
- Be open minded, professional, and respectful
- Be a trusteed advisor to mentees
- Respond to mentees in a timely manner
- Maintain mentor relationship from high-school through college
- To know all the answers to the mentees questions. You’ll have a network of mentors to help
- Offer a job or an internship to your mentees