IxDA Mentorship Program - Update

8 Aug 2009 - 4:51pm
5 years ago
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jkolko
2010

Hi,

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 we’ve matched 37 total pairs.
Recently, we asked for feedback on the program, and here are some
positive responses:

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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, it’s not all roses and butterflies; we have several pressing
issues, and so I’m 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.
Jon Kolko

Comments

10 Aug 2009 - 3:15am
Ali Naqvi
2008

Hello Jon,
the link doesnt work....

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8 Aug 2009 - 10:07pm
GIO MONTOYA
2006

I would like to be mentor. I am located in Atlanta and this fall
quarter I will be finishing my MA in interactive design.
Please let me know how I can be involved as mentor.

best regards,

Gio Montoya

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10 Aug 2009 - 7:23am
jkolko
2010

Hi,

The link is http://www.ixda.org/mentor.php - the ixda site added some
garbage to it. Copy and paste, instead of clicking, and you should be
fine.

Apologies.

Jon

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