A local mentoring program is open to high school students and people working in the region's tech industry (tertiary students should contact Chiasma)
Types of mentoring offered:
- Technical: Help building a specific technical skill with a language or tool
- Career: Support to move into leadership or management, set career goals, or find work. Build professionalism
- Business: Running tech startups, being a tech CEO or tech cofounder, doing the business of tech
- Identity: Someone similar to me in gender, culture, ethnicity, beliefs: support to develop this aspect of your identity through your career in tech
- Group: Peer mentoring in a group, facilitated by an experienced leader
Finding a Mentor
Mentoring is free. There are no entry requirements. Mentors offer their time and skills to help build local capacity and talent for the benefit of everyone (so be nice to them!) Register on our site to create a Mentee Profile. You can describe a bit about yourself and what you are looking for. Expect to meet with your mentor monthly for 6-12 months (or more often, or for longer as needed).
It may take a few months to find a match for you. Mentors are screened and receive training to ensure both of you have quality interaction. We may match individuals as new mentors are approved, or may hold "mix and match" events where a number of mentors and mentees are invited to an informal event to build their own connections.
Become a Mentor
Thank you for volunteering your experience and time. A great mentor is mostly someone who is a great listener, with a bit of experience to know the right questions to ask.
Register on our site to create a Mentoring Profile. You can describe a bit about yourself, what you have to offer, and the types of mentoring that interest you. Mentors are screened (a brief phone interview or coffee meeting), and receive mentoring skills training. The training is a compulsory quarterly meetup, which is a chance to pick up a new skill or two and share your mentoring experiences with other local mentors (peer support).
Create Mentoring Profile
The mentoring program leadership team are volunteers too. If you have spare time to help, or useful ideas they welcome your support and energy.
A number of other organisations operate locally and offer mentoring. Please sign up directly with them
ITP have a professional mentoring program https://itp.nz/Members/Mentoring. Mentors must be members of ITP, attend an induction, and a short training course. Mentees must also be ITP members. There is no cost to either (except the ITP membership fee). Expect to meet roughly 10 times in a 12 month period.
A student led initiative connecting tertiary students to industry via workshops, training, site visits, internships and mentoring.
Tahi Rua Toru Tech is for year 9-12 school students. They pick a problem and use digital technologies to solve it. You go in to the school as an industry mentor and help them. Time commitment varies depending on the school, teacher and number of teams. Usually you meet with teams 2-3 times over a 12 week period.
Tech Women offer mentoring circles where 6 mentees and 2 mentors meet on a regular basis. There is nothing currently in the Manawatū, but reach out and maybe help something get started here. https://techwomen.nz/about-us/our-work/mentoring-circles/
Girls in years 9-11 join a day in the life of the tech sector. A number of local companies currently participate.
An app used by classroom teachers to help young people to set goals, discover strengths, manage their learning, plan future pathways and become work ready. Students own and manage their profile and take it with them on their journey through school and beyond. For secondary and tertiary institutions. The MyMahi office is here in Palmerston North.