Become a Mentor
What is a Mentor?
Do you remember a time when someone said something influential that made a big impact in your life? Being a mentor in the CME3 program lets you “pay it forward” and make that kind of impact on another woman or girl in programming.
CME3 is currently seeking women mentors. We believe that girls and women need to see and be supported by female role models in order to break through the barriers that have limited the numbers of women in programming to date.
But a mentor is far more than someone who can help a mentee debug their code. Anyone with the knowledge to help girls and women in the pursuit of programming careers may be an advisor. As a CME3 mentor, you will use your experience to help mentees progress with their goals through one-on-one interactions that provide encouragement, support, guidance, and problem-solving.
Who can be a Mentor?
Do you have skills or experience in any of these areas? If so, then you can be a mentor.
- Coding skills: programming languages and algorithms
- Design and testing skills: design patterns, unit testing, etc.
- Specific domain experience: biotech, government, etc.
- Leadership and management skills
- Job acquisition: interviewing, resumes, and salary negotiation
- Business skills: starting and managing a business
- On the job soft skills: whiteboarding, project documentation, presentations
- Social skills: team dynamics with bosses and co-workers
- And much more
What is Involved
Regular communication with your mentee–through email or via face-to-face meetings (online or in person for individuals located in the same area)–is the cornerstone of a mentor-mentee partnership. For girls from ages 17 and younger, your assistance may take the form of referrals to training programs and talks at schools.
Group Practice Sessions
Soft skills are an essential element of career success. You may participate in mock interviews or practice sessions for whiteboard presentations.
Girls and women need sponsors inside companies and organizations to help them get internships and jobs. Your assistance and referrals, when possible, can make a huge difference in helping a new programmer get started.
You don’t have to be an expert to be a mentor. Participation in the CME3 forum means being a member of the CME3 community. Together we provide a knowledge base for our each other and our mentees. Mentors can communicate needs and issues via our forum in order to identify alternative solutions. Remember:
- You don’t have to have all the answers–we’ve got your back
- You are offering one-on-one help, but you don’t have to do it alone
- Mentees can reach out through the forums to get help from more than one mentor
Mentor or Mentee?
During the course of our careers, we serve as both mentor and mentee. CME3 allows members to easily transition between these two roles. We are women helping women, women helping girls, and girls helping girls.