Thank you for volunteering your time to help mentor young women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields! As mentors, your contribution is extremely valuable in helping these women advance their careers in STEM.
This program is designed to provide support and empowerment to women in the STEM fields through mentoring.
This guide is meant to share some pointers on how you provide support to your mentees during this mentoring program. All of the following content is optional; you can utilize whichever content works for you.
The mentees have the flexibility to reach out to any mentors they would like to learn from, and arrange as many sessions with you as they would like.
As a mentor, you are encouraged to:
- Guide your mentees in achieving their goals;
- Be patient and non-judgemental with your mentees; and
- Share any advice or tips that have been helpful to you with your mentees
It’s good to get to know each other during the first meeting.
If you’re comfortable, share with your mentee :
- What your background is
- Where do you come from
- What inspired you to join a STEM field
We have recommended mentees to define what goals and skills they would like to work on during your mentoring sessions. You will see an example of a worksheet (link below) where mentees can use to list down the goals and skills they intend to work on with their mentors.
We have recommended mentees to meet the same mentor for at least four (4) sessions to work on at least one of their goals so they will be able to better track their progress in achieving their goal(s). However, they have the flexibility to arrange more than 4 sessions with the same mentor and also reach out to any other mentor at any time.
If your mentee is struggling to come up with a goal or a list of skills they’d like to work on, you can ask the following questions to help them determine what to work on:
- Are you currently facing any challenges at work?
- Are there any skills you would like to develop?
- What areas of your work are you interested in improving?
- What do you need help with?
- How can I help?
- How can I support you?
- Tell me a little about what you'd like to gain from mentoring
- What else would you like to share with me?
You can also use the GROW framework to identify what to work on:
- Goal: What does the mentee want to achieve?
- Reality: Where is the mentee now?
- Options: What could the mentee do?
- Will: What will the mentee do?
There are optional topics (listed below) that provide activities that can be done by both mentor and mentee, and some discussion points to be discussed during the mentoring sessions.
This is to be worked on by mentees; mentors can share it with their menteesDownload the worksheet
These are suggested additional topics that can be discussed between mentors and mentees. These are optional and can be used as needed. Both activity and discussion points are for the mentors and mentees to do.