Just a quick update on the IxDA Mentorship program. Since we launched
the program on June 13th, 37 people have volunteered to be Mentors,
127 people have requested a Mentor, and weve matched 37 total pairs.
Recently, we asked for feedback on the program, and here are some
My mentor is great.
I got clarity as to how the job market in my field has changed in the
past 5 years.
I got coaching as to what to apply for now, and how to position
myself for my next specialty area.
I ordered the book she recommended, and have started reading it.
It's really helpful.
the mentorship program is going really well. We met about a month ago
in person and talked about our backgrounds. I was looking for work
then, and she had a contact at a company I was interviewing with --
she reached out to him and gave me a good word.
Our dialogues have been interesting. Besides getting a chance to
share my ideas, it's great to hear how others feel and know that I
can add some points of my own. Being challenged on my ideas has
allowed me to gain more confidence in them and my approaches.
However, its not all roses and butterflies; we have several pressing
issues, and so Im hoping the list would like to help. Please, if you
want to get involved [and can actually commit some time to get
involved] send me an email off-list. Specifically, we need:
1. More mentors! There are close to 90 people who need your help.
Want to volunteer? http://www.ixda.org/mentor.php
2. An automated matching system. Presently, volunteers submit a form,
and the matching process is done by hand. Have some dev chops and free
cycles? Help us make this more automated.
3. Success criteria. We have no formal mechanism to understand how
the program is helping and how we can improve it. Have some ideas?
Send me an email.
Again, thanks to all who have already volunteered.