Triangle User Experience Professionals Association (TriUXPA)

Mentorship

The Triangle UXPA's mentorship program is where we match UX industry professionals with newcomers to the field, students, and anyone interested in being mentored.

What is Mentoring?

The mentor-mentee relationship can take a variety of forms. A mentor may provide career guidance, offer suggestions or directions on work-related issues, provide feedback on the mentee’s work, help with educational resources, etc.

Getting Started

We ask that both mentors and mentees please fill out a brief questionnaire to participate in the Mentoring Program. After you complete the questionnaire, we will reach out to you.

Sign up to be a Mentor

Sign up to be a Mentee

What to Expect

Once you have established a mentor-mentee relationship, use our Mentoring Agreement & Guidelines to help you outline goals and set boundaries.

Mentoring relationships may involve:

    • General discussions about UX issues, how tos and ideas
    • The mentor acting as a career guide, providing suggestions and feedback for the mentee’s longer term career
    • The mentor as a sounding board for ideas about projects and goals
    • Sample projects or exercises that the mentor can assign and review
    • Projects the mentee is working on that the mentor can review (be sure to discuss whether a Non-Disclosure Agreement is required)

Elements of the Relationship

Level of commitment: It is essential that both parties have a realistic sense of the time commitment that each expects from the other before they begin to work together.

Shared areas of interest: The mentee’s skills and experience levels will vary, as well as his or her interests and goals. The mentor should discuss areas of interest with the mentee before working with him or her.

Open, two-way communication: Both mentor and mentee should be active partners in the relationship, and both should feel free to discuss the progress of the relationship.

Expectations

Mentoring is a personal relationship; as in any relationship, it can take time to develop. Getting to know a person is a gradual process. Keep a positive attitude and keep communication open.

Don't expect your mentee to work for you for free. If you feel comfortable giving your mentee an assignment related to a fee-based project you are working on, we suggest offering a stipend or some other form of compensation and don't forget any non-disclosure details.

While some mentoring relationships can lead to paid work, expecting your mentor to make a job offer is overstepping the boundaries of the relationship. A mentor can be a valuable resource for introductions and job leads. Your mentor is there to help and teach, not to hire.

For more information, contact the Triangle UXPA’s Mentoring Coordinator at mentoring@triuxpa.org.

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