MentorTech: Professional Partnerships

MentorTech: Professional Partnerships beginning February 2018 with applications due Jan. 17.

Research shows that mentored individuals perform better, advance quicker, and have more career satisfaction. Some of the world’s most influential leaders have mentoring relationships to help them in their quest for excellence. Did you know that Marc Andreessen (founder of Netscape) was a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook)? 

The Georgia Tech mentoring program, MentorTech, is designed to meet a diverse set of needs for a diverse population. Mentor and mentees will be paired based on professional experience, a specific set of competencies, and a five-factor personality assessment. Creating the right matches is an essential goal for this program.

Georgia Tech is committed to cultivating dynamic leaders. This new mentoring program is designed to be a professional partnership between strategically paired members of our community. It is our goal that this pairing yields opportunities to share experiences within the context of a set of mutually agreed upon developmental goals.

Career Guidance

Insights, connections, and other relevant resources that aid in gaining traction toward your career path.

Work-Life Transitions

A variety of rich and transparent experiences including best practices for re-engaging life as you enter new stages of life.

Technical Competencies

Specific job knowledge related to career interest, and steps you can take to achieve a very specific career goal.

Career Sponsorship

Growth and development as one navigates the cornerstone of moving into a more senior position in their career, including strategic introductions.

Mentors

As a mentor you are charged with fostering a sense of empowerment within the mentee. 

  • Mentors are required to have 2+ years of service at Georgia Tech.
  • Benefits of being a mentor:
    • Leadership and management experience
    • Improve communication and personal skills
    • Reinforce your skills and knowledge of your subject
    • Increase your confidence and motivation

Mentees

As a mentee, it is your duty to seek opportunity for self-efficacy while using your mentor as a guide.

  • Mentees are required to have at least one year of service at Georgia Tech.
  • Benefits having a mentor:
    • Increased ownership and engagement in your personal and professional development
    • Expanded networking opportunities
    • Heightened exposure and visibility within Tech

How it Works

  1. ‚Äč‚ÄčInterested in being a mentor or mentee? Complete the interest form.
  2. You will receive an email to complete a detailed registration questionnaire.
  3. You will be notified by email once you have been paired and invited to the kickoff ceremony.

Timeline

Jan. 2, 2017
Mentor & Mentee application period opens
Jan. 17, 2018
Application period closes
February 2018
MentorTech: Professional Partnerships begins
August 2018
MentorTech: Professional Partnerships ends

Your Commitment

The time commitment for the program is customizable based on the mentor/mentee needs. However, we expect:

  1. participation for the full six months.
  2. at least a six-hour time commitment (spanning the entire program).

Mentor Tech FAQs

What is MentorTech: Professional Partnerships?
Our mentoring program affectionately called MentorTech: Professional Partnerships is designed to meet a diverse set of development needs for a diverse population. Creating the right mentor/mentee partnership is an essential goal of the program. Given the increased focus on partnerships, successful mentor/mentee relationships will be fulfilling and beneficial for all involved. MentorTech is about helping each other to expand and grow so that everyone at Georgia Tech wins.

Why is Georgia Tech offering a mentoring program?
This program was created as a direct result of feedback received in the Office of the President’s listening sessions on gender equity in fall 2015. Providing additional support and resources for our faculty and staff is essential in our pursuit of institutional effectiveness.

What’s the benefit of this program?
Participants in the program will have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills, gain valuable insights, and strengthen their professional networks.

When does the program begin?
MentorTech will kick-off its inaugural partnerships in February 2018 and run through August 2018.

What is the time commitment?
The time investment in the program is customizable to the mentor/mentee pair, although the program emphasizes continuous engagement throughout the six-month relationship. The expectation is each individual commit to approximately one hour a month at a minimum, however, more interaction is encouraged.

How are mentor/mentee matches determined?
Professional partnerships (the mentor/mentee pairs) are created based on professional experience, specific dimensions around which interest has been expressed, and a five-factor personality assessment. Creating the right matches is an essential goal for this program.

What dimensions does the program focus on?
MentorTech offers mentoring along the following dimensions.

  • General Career Guidance: insights, connections, and other relevant resources that aids in gaining traction toward your career path.
  • Work-Life Transitions: a variety of rich and transparent experiences including best practices for re-engaging life as you enter new stages of life.
  • Technical Competencies: specific job knowledge related to career interest, and steps you can take to achieve a very specific career goal.
  • Sponsorship: growth and development as one navigates the cornerstone of moving into a more senior position in their career, including strategic introductions.

I have never mentored anyone before. How will I know what to do?
The Workplace Learning and Professional Development (WLPD) team will be with you every step of the way, from a mentor/mentee prep meeting — where we will discuss how to get the most of the experience — to reminders and check-ins throughout the formalized six-month portion of the relationship.               

Are there any minimum requirements to be a mentor?
Mentors must have at least two years of service with Georgia Tech.

Are there any minimum requirements to be a mentee?
Mentees must have at least one year of service with Georgia Tech.

Is it possible I won’t get a match?
Yes. We will only match you with someone who is a good fit. If the right partner does not apply for the program, we will update you on next steps, which will include keeping you in the system until we can identify a match that is good for you.

Can I sign up to be both a Mentor and Mentee?
It depends on your schedule. We estimate this is about an hour a month commitment (at minimum). If you believe you have the time in your schedule to fully dedicate to giving and receiving mentorship, then go for it. However, we ask you carefully consider the time commitment.

How do I become a mentor or mentee?
Complete the interest form to get started
here.

Will I be matched with a colleague in my unit or professional field?
Not necessarily. This is a campus-wide initiative. You could be paired with a colleague in your unit or someone from outside your unit. Our goal is to make the best possible matches along the dimensions you specify.

What if the match does not seem to be working?
Please contact The Workplace Learning and Professional Development (WLPD) team, if you find your match to be less than favorable. We will work with you every step of the way to determine the best course of action.