The Together programme uses an online platform to pair mentors with mentees. Participants will be supported by the project team throughout the pairing process and the mentoring relationships.
Both mentees and mentors fill out a questionnaire on the Together platform. They can express preferences about what they would like to learn or share in the mentoring process.
Mentors and mentees attend an orientation webinar.
Pairing of mentors and mentees takes place. The platform provides mentees a list of suggested mentors based on their preferences. Mentees can rank and submit their top choices.
The platform pairs mentors and mentees. A few factors affect whether a mentee will be paired with their first or second choice, etc. For example, if multiple people rank a mentor as their first choice, then the timing of ranking submissions will affect who gets paired with the mentor. Also note that a mentor can decline a proposed mentee if he or she feels it wouldn’t be a good fit.
Mentees are not notified about the specific reasons that a pairing with their very top choice did not work out. Instead, a mentee is usually paired with another mentor that they ranked highly.
Once you are paired, have a first meeting and get to know each other. The first session is crucial in establishing a healthy and effective mentoring relationship.
Conduct regular meetings – mentoring pairs who meet often fare best! It is recommended that you meet every 3 weeks over the four-month period.
Provide feedback! Participants will be asked to complete surveys about their experiences.
Although the Together team will try to ensure as many mentor-mentee pairings as possible, there is a chance that some participants may not be paired. This may occur due to an imbalance in mentor and mentee applicants or because there is no one available that meets specific preferences requested by a mentee or mentor.
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