Digital Women’s Network’s focus is to assist in both professional and personal development, and inspire, educate, upskill and connect the leaders of tomorrow within all things Digital. Our diverse Network footprint of over 9,500 people enables us to provide opportunities for a wide range of Mentors including:
Senior business professionals with broad experience, who can act as a sounding board to explore new perspectives in relation to the mentee’s career goals.
Individuals at similar levels in their careers and seniority partner to improve the effectiveness of one or the other through shared but different experiences.
The mentee has more overall experience (in terms of age, position or experience) than the mentor, but the mentor has more knowledge in a particular area. This type of mentoring may be used when executives need to understand operations or technology that can be shared by young professionals currently undertaking the role or tech-savvy individuals who can share their knowledge with others.
To become a mentor on The Program, you will need a minimum of 3 years’ professional work experience.
Benefits of Participating.
There are many benefits as a mentor in a mentoring partnership, including but not limited to:
- Building and expanding stronger professional networks with other mentors
- Experiencing a different point of view/perspective
- Increased self-awareness, particularly around communication, leadership and modelling
- Brand building through the Digital Women’s Network social media channels
- Connect with the next generation of business professionals
- Having a positive impact on the lives of mentees, through helping them build confidence and achieve their career goals
- Enhance your mentoring and coaching skills
- It provides you with the opportunity to contribute to the digital women’s and broader communities
Your Role and Commitment
The role of the mentor is to assist the mentee with their career and personal development outside of their work environment. It includes:
- Building trust and report, and being patient
- Listening and two-way communication
- Sharing own career path and experiences
- Providing guidance, motivation and support
- Challenging assumptions and offering alternative perspectives
- Honesty and ability to provide constructive feedback
- Identifying resources and networking
In a mentoring partnership, we encourage the mentee to take primary responsibility for driving the activity for meetings and communication to recognise that mentors are constantly busy.
Successful mentoring partnerships initially have a face-to-face meeting, then agree to meet monthly for the duration of the Program. Whether they meet in person, skype or on the phone depends on the partnership. Communication expectations are usually agreed to during that first meeting.
Looking for opportunities to give back, sharing information that you think might be of value to your mentor
The Matching Process
The matching process is undertaken using the information supplied by mentors and mentees during registration. The process includes the following activities:
- Review of mentee registrations, noting mentoring needs
- Review of available mentors and nomination information
- Review of each mentee’s needs against available mentors
- Final selection of mentor as ‘best fit’
- Notification of mentoring partnership
During the matching process, the following is taken into account from the mentee’s registration to select a suitable mentor:
- Mentoring partnership type
- Professional and personal experience
- Personal interests and hobbies
- Objectives for the Program
Note: Selection of mentors and mentees to participate in the Digital Women’s Network Mentoring Program is at the discretion of the Digital Women’s Network and every effort is made to complete a ‘best fit’ match.
The Digital Women’s Network Mentoring Program matches enthusiastic and committed career minded individuals with professionals from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds, to share valuable industry knowledge and experience.
- Register as:
- Become a Mentor The role of the mentor is to assist the mentee with their career and personal development outside of their work environment.
Become a Mentee The role of the mentee in the mentoring partnership is to be the initiator, committing time and effort into managing the process to achieve your career and personal development goals.
Hi Angela, It was lovely seeing you last night. What an inspiring and insightful panel (and the new venue is beautiful) – looking forward to the next DWN event. Warm regards, Holly
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