We are accepting mentee applications and mentor applications until Friday, October 26th, 11pm EDT for Q4 2018 program. We'll review applications from October 27-30.
The Director of Mentorship will match accepted applications using a combination of:
We'll notify each pair of their match and each mentee and mentor will have the opportunity to approve their pairing. After they approve the match, we'll make introductions via email.
The mentorship program runs from November 3rd to February 3rd. On Saturday, November 3rd, we’ll be hosting an in-person kick-off event. Although it’s not mandatory, it’s very strongly encouraged that everyone attend. We'll discuss what the program is, what it isn't, and how to get the most out of it. This helps set expectations, which will help participants define realistic goals. This is also a good opportunity to meet the mentorship cycle’s cohort, which you can consider an extended network of peers during the mentorship program.
This is a three month program from November to February. Both mentors and mentees should consider how they can maximize their experience, by creating a plan or setting milestones along the way. Mentors and mentees will determine their own meeting schedules. We don't have any formal requirements, but we suggest touching base at least once a month.
Mentors don't have to be a member, but it's strongly encouraged. Membership is only $29.95/year.
We’re looking for a wide range of mentors from those new to seasoned in the UX field. Qualifications include:
Even if you've just landed your first job in UX, you can still be a mentor. Your experience and insights will be valuable for someone who's still trying to break in. Additionally, you will grow and learn from your experience as a mentor.
The key is that you are able to spare at least 1-2 hours per month during the course of the program and to commit to 3-months of working one-on-one with a mentee.
After you are paired, we’ll have a program kick off, where all mentor/mentee pairs will be invited to meet in person. This will be a great opportunity to break the ice with your mentee and discuss some basics, like how often you will me and how you’ll communicate.
There is a lot of flexibility in how you and your mentee meet up. Some examples include:
Ultimately, it’s up to you and your mentee how often you want to communicate and if you would like to do so in person. We find that each pair has a unique dynamic that starts to take shape 1-2 meetings in.
During the kick off, you and your mentee will talk about their goals for the program. As a mentor you can help provide guidance based on your experience in the field.
Some topics a mentee might be interested in, include (and definitely aren’t limited to):
Besides giving back and contributing to the UX community, benefits include:
We do our best to find a matching mentee based on information in your application. The application will ask for your interests, experience, location, availability, communication preferences, and more.
By October 28th, we will let you know who we think would benefit most from your experience and interests. You can either approve this match, or choose another mentee from those still available. Once you and your mentee approve the match, we'll introduce you via email.
On November 3rd, we’ll have an in-person kick off meeting. All mentorship pairs will meet to go over details of the program, then you and your mentee will have a chance to meet, set goals, and go over logistics.
Sometimes it's not a perfect match... Or sometimes, life happens and you need to cut back on your commitments. But we're here to help. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll help you figure out the best solution.
You can shoot the Director of Mentorship an email at email@example.com.