WGE SIC e-mentoring programme
In 2016 the Women in Geoscience and Engineersing Special Interest Community (WGE SIC) launched an e-mentoring programme. Open to all WGE SIC members seeking to engage in a meaningful mentor/mentee relationship, the first edition of this initiative spanned for a period of 6 months from July to December 2016.
For the future, it is expected that one e-mentoring programme will be held per year but the frequency may change depending on the number of requests and feedbacks received. Applications for the 2017 Programme are not yet open.
The objective of the programme is to give mentors the opportunity to share their knowledge, experience and expertise with mentees and provide them with feedback. Mentees can benefit from personal development, career guidance and a better understanding of the industry or the academic world.
The mentor and mentee should aim to have at least one monthly meeting for the 6 months duration of the programme. Since WGE SIC members come from all over the world, meetings are expected to be virtual and can be carried out through Skype or Lync, for instance. Mentor and mentee then decide on a mutually agreeable frequency for the meetings and length of time (e.g. 30 minutes bi-weekly or 1 hour once a month).
Mentees are expected to prepare for the meetings by identifying a few topics they would like to discuss with their mentors, so that the meetings can be productive. Mentees are encouraged to send their questions in advance to their mentors if they believe this may help facilitate the discussion. It is a good idea that mentor and mentee start with a brief introduction during the first meeting so that they can get to know each other. Mentoring is also an opportunity for mutual learning.
Mentors can learn from mentees as well!
The mentoring committee match applicants with similar interests. Applicants will be contacted via e-mail to inform them of the match. The mentoring committee endeavours to find the best match from the applications that it receives. The number of matches depend on the number of members who apply to participate in the programme.
At the end of each programme, participants are asked to fill in a short questionnaire to provide feedback on their experience. This will enable us to continuously improve our programme based on the feedback we receive.
Not sure if mentoring is for you? You may be interested in what the following people had to say…
“I feel really grateful to the people who encouraged me and helped me develop. Nobody can succeed on their own”
Sheryl Sandberg - Chief Operating Officer of Facebook
“Just today, I was sharing with someone advice that I received in the early 1980's. I was told that I was the expert on the subject and to provide a specific recommendation, not a long explanation of all of the uncertainties and alternatives. I realized that no one treats you like an expert until you act like one".
Dr. Eve Sprunt - 2016 SEG First Vice-President 2016, Eve Sprunt and Associates
"I think mentors are important and I don't think anybody makes it in the world without some form of mentorship. Nobody makes it alone. Nobody has made it alone"
Oprah Winfrey - Media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist
"The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves"
Steven Spielberg - Director, producer and screenwriter