We are accepting mentee and mentor applications until Friday, April 26th, 12pm (noon) EDT for Spring 2019 program. We’ll be reaching out with information on matches the week of April 29th.
The Director of Mentorship will match accepted applications using a combination of:
The mentorship program runs from May 13th to August 13th. On Saturday, May 11th, 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.
Mentors don't have to be a member, but it's strongly encouraged. Membership is only $29.95/year for professionals and $14.95 for students.
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.
As a mentor, you’re also agreeing to the Triangle UXPA Code of Conduct.
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.
The week of 4/29, 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 5/11, we’ll have an in-person kick off meeting in Downtown Raleigh. 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.
It’s rare that mentors are not matched to mentees. We usually have several more mentees apply than mentors. If you aren’t matched, it’s by no means a reflection of your qualifications. Our first priority is making sure our matches are high-quality matches so pairs can make the most out of the session.
We try our best to match pairs that will hopefully work out. If you feel like things aren’t working with your mentorship pairing, you or your mentee could choose to end the mentorship. If this happens, please notify Michelle (firstname.lastname@example.org). You’re also welcome to reach out if you have any concerns about your mentorship pairing.
Please note, if you are matched twice and both mentorship pairings don't work over the full, three-month session (i.e., they end before the session ends), then Triangle UXPA reserves the right to not match you again. We do this because we want to make sure the our mentors/mentees have a solid, high-quality email@example.com.