Tri-Mentoring January 2017 Information and Resources

NOTE: Remember to scroll to the bottom of this page to view the following documents:

*Tri-Mentoring Student Learning Objectives  *TM program suggested activities  *Junior student possible questions for senior student

 1. Tri-Mentoring Program Key Features and Responsibilities

In tri-mentoring, with a mentor’s help you work towards specific careers-related goals, meet new friends, gain different career perspectives, and become part of the larger Vancouver tech community. Here’s how the program structure supports you in doing this.

Speed-mentoring at the kickoff event. This is a structured exercise where groups of mentors rotate through small groups of students at timed intervals, and respond to student questions about their respective careers. You'll learn about a variety of CS-related careers within a short period of time.

Requiring you to set and submit 2 careers-related learning objectives. This helps you focus, take initiative, and have something specific to work towards with your student or industry mentor. Possible topics for learning objectives include: identifying your strengths and how these might fit within the IT industry; starting or enhancing a personal technical project; improving your technical interview skills; investigating clubs or extracurricular activities to join; writing an effective resume or LinkedIn profile; or learning effective networking and communication skills. Deadline for online submission of your learning objectives is Feb. 3, 2017 end of day.

Meeting individually at least 2X between Jan. to April 2017 with your industry or student mentor. At these meetings you can receive help in goal-setting, get your mentor’s insights and opinions, share your progress and seek ways to be of benefit to your mentor as well.

2. Industry Mentors’ Expectations

Our program has extremely dedicated industry mentors. They have a great desire to help students and make a positive difference for them. They are also busy people with numerous professional and personal obligations. What they expect from students is that you honor the commitment that you have made with them. This means that:

  • you take responsibility for setting up meetings and show up on time
  • you proactively figure out what you want to accomplish at your meetings
  • you really reflect on their advice to you, and follow through on suggestions that they make
  • you let them know about positive things that happen for you as a result.

Our mentors are also very interested in finding out more about what you’re currently learning, and about what students are looking for in careers and in companies. Sharing your opinions about this is one specific way that you can be of help back to them.

3. Tri-Mentoring Matching Process

Each of you has been assigned to a mentoring trio, consisting of industry mentor, senior student (4th year BCS or Master's student) and junior student (3rd year BCS student).

We considered multiple factors when matching up trios, including CS interest areas, program and year of study, CS courses completed, previous tri-mentoring experience, relative ages of mentor, senior and junior student, and career interest areas. We also reviewed the kickoff attendees group as a whole, to ensure that every participant is matched with others who share at least something in common. Due to the larger number of BCS 3rd year student applicants relative to BCS 4th years and Master's students, we ended up needing to change a limited number of 3rd years from junior to senior status.

4. Student and Mentor Program Support

If you have additional question about the tri-mentoring program, or experience any difficulties in getting hold of your industry or student mentors or mentees, please contact one of the program coordinators, Diane Johnson (dianejoh@cs.ubc.ca) or Michele Ng (mng@cs.ubc.ca). We will be happy to help!

Over time, we’ve found that great things happen in tri-mentoring when students actively engage with others who share similarities, but aren’t simply a clone of themselves 10 years down the road. Be prepared to enjoy yourself, to learn a lot and to have unexpected opportunities and insights come from being involved in the program!

We are grateful to the following sponsors for their financial support of the CS tri-mentoring program:

Gold sponsor: Simba Technologies

Silver sponsors: Amazon; A Thinking Ape; Hootsuite; Visier.

 

 

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