Need a mentor? Want to mentor?

8 Mar 2010 - 1:39pm
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Meredith Noble
2010

How many people in our community are still looking for a mentor? And what about potential mentors -- who is hankering for a mentee?

Our next Speed Mentorship night is still a ways off, but I'd like to gauge the community's current need. Raise your hand if you're looking! Perhaps there are things we can do to help people get hooked up now, rather than waiting until August.

I'd also love to hear from last year's Speed Mentorship attendees... are you still in touch with your mentor / mentee? If not, why not?

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8 Mar 2010 - 7:46pm
nickheise
2009

I'm still interested in pairing with a mentor if possible, so consider my hand raised. I have yet to put together any type of writeup that details what I'm looking for, so maybe this will motivate me. If there's any potential mentors out there, please feel free to get in touch (I'm nickheise most places online) and we'll see if it might be a good fit.

Cheers.

8 Mar 2010 - 9:04pm
Iain Lowe
2008

My career opportunities continue to be hampered by a lack of any formal experience and training in usability testing. I missed the boat on Brad Einarsen's mentoring group for this and am hoping somebody can share some wisdom about how to develop some testing chops in fairly short order.

So if there's a mentor willing to share some insights around this I'd love to meet them.

 

9 Mar 2010 - 2:27pm
Avi Soudack
2005

Ian, I'd be happy to share some usability testing experience (can't promise wisdom). Perhaps we can 'swap' some know how?

9 Mar 2010 - 6:54pm
Iain Lowe
2008

Hi Avi:

Would love to get together and see what we can share. I'll send you something directly.

20 Apr 2010 - 7:35am
Kim Lawless
2009

My hand is raised too.  I would love to connect with a mentor interested in working with someone with a diverse back ground (education in anthropology, art, and information design; currnetly working in online marketing/communications).  I'm looking for general guidance as well as learning more about  methods in interaction design, usability, and IA.

11 Mar 2010 - 8:07am
Chris Maissan
2010

When is the next Speed Mentorship event scheduled? It sounds like a great idea.

How is it determined who is a mentor and who is a mentee? I have almost 10 years experience in web and software development, but can always learn from another's experience.

Cheers,
Chris
11 Mar 2010 - 9:57am
Meredith Noble
2010

Hi Chris,

We're sort of thinking speed mentoring will be a yearly event -- meaning the next one would be July or August. That's why I'm trying to think of what we can do to facilitate pairings in the meantime.

For the event, you simply sign up either as a mentor or a mentee -- absolutely your choice, there are no rules about who takes which role. We love the idea of peer mentorship too.

If anyone has any ideas about how to help people connect, more than this thread, do share and we'll see if IxDA Toronto can assist. Some options are:

  • Holding mentorship salons before each IxDA Toronto meeting -- people who are looking for mentors / mentors can show up half an hour early. Everyone wears a nametag stating whether they're hoping to become a mentor or a mentee.
  • Having an informal mentorship mixer at a bar or restaurant
  • A design slam where less experienced and more experienced designers are teamed up, and are given a design challenge to solve

 

Meredith

12 Mar 2010 - 9:26am
Chris Maissan
2010

A design slam sounds like a blast.

My tag will read "Menteer".

Cheers,
Chris
26 Mar 2010 - 4:21pm
Iain Lowe
2008

I'm with Chris on this one. Teaming up a bunch of folks with different experience levels for a design slam would be a great experience for everybody, I think. It would also help people to possibly find "menteers" based on affinities discovered while working out the design challenge.


On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM, Chris Maissan <contact@ixda.org> wrote:


A design slam sounds like a blast.

My tag will read "Menteer".

Cheers, Chris
29 Mar 2010 - 2:06pm
Meredith Noble
2010

Okay, it's settled - there is a Design Slam event in the works! We'll probably aim for May, but we'll keep everyone updated.

27 Apr 2010 - 10:39am
Rhonda Ranney
2010

Hi,

My name is Rhonda and I am new to IxDA. I am currently looking for a mentor and would be very interested in any program you might offer.

rboyz77@gmail.com 

 

27 Apr 2010 - 3:06pm
ceben
2010

I'm not a designer but a product manager who believes deeply that design is critical to successful products.  Can someone like me take part as a mentee?  The design slam idea is a great one.

Thanks

Chris

21 May 2010 - 2:00pm
Meredith Noble
2010

Sorry this reply is so late Chris, but absolutely, anyone can become a mentee! We don't discriminate :)

1 Apr 2010 - 6:10pm
Avi Soudack
2005

Suggestion: build in time/method for debrief. The slams I've been involved in all ended with breathless presentations focused on the 'product', but no time or space to relfect on process, consider what worked or didn't, etc.

2 Apr 2010 - 7:20am
Iain Lowe
2008

Thanks for the suggestion Avi. I think that would be valuable

Iain Lowe iain@lowelife.com ilowelife@gmail.com

On Apr 1, 2010, at 11:41 PM, Avi Soudack wrote:

> > Suggestion: build in time/method for debrief. The slams I've been
> involved in all ended with breathless presentations focused on the
> 'product', but no time or space to relfect on process, consider what
> worked or didn't, etc. > >

21 Jun 2010 - 10:20am
Davis Neable
2009

Hello!

I'm very interested in participating in the "Mentoring" stream of thought and activity as both a mentor and a mentee.  As a mentor, I can share my experiences as a remote employee, the challenges and opportunities available working as a UX practitioner within an enterprise corporation, and adapting UX methods to fit the scope and budget of projects.  As a mentee, I'm looking for someone to help me better identify opportunities in career paths and building expertise in the business development side of design thinking.  Please let me know when & how I can get involved!
- Davis

24 Aug 2010 - 2:50pm
Jeff Kraemer
2009

Hi all,

If you're following this thread, we've just set Sept. 20th as the date for our next Speed Mentoring event.

Please see http://www.ixda.org/node/26975 for details.

8 Sep 2010 - 12:03pm
Jeff Kraemer
2009

... annnnnnd (with apologies for cross-posting, but we don't want anyone to miss it) here's the ticket information for our Speed Mentoring session on Sept. 20th. Tickets are limited!

http://guestlistapp.com/events/30666

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