2021 Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme

Canterbury Tech wants to grow world-class talent for our local Tech Sector. This mentoring programme is for professionals working in Canterbury’s technology industry (or those who aspire to). Many successful people credit one or more mentors who made a big impact in helping them achieve early success.

Mentoring isn’t just useful for the mentee, it’s great for mentors too. Mentors will be challenged to stay at the top of their game to provide up-to-date advice.

Starting in 2019 the Mentor Programme run by Canterbury Tech was a big success with 36 people taking part and overwhelmingly positive feedback.  This was based around Roger Nesbitt’s Winter Mentor Programme software and programme.  In 2020 we built on that success by expanding to students, especially international students and had 80 people take part.  Read feedback about our 2020 programme here.

This year (2021) we will be expanding the programme again to include those into their late-stage career.

2021 Mentor Programmes

1 – Career Start Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme
2 – Mid-Career Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme
3 – Late Career Canterbury Tech Mentoring Programme

Mentors and mentees who took part in our previous programmes are most welcome to join us this year as well.

Non-members of Canterbury Tech may apply to join our mentor programmes.

 

Canterbury Tech programmes are:

Personal - one on one mentoring

Short - only 12 weeks

Structured - series of guidance emails to mentors

Aimed at professionals

Supported - Canterbury Tech community

About the Programmes

Our 2021 Programmes…

 

1. Career Start Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme

The first mentor programme this year is to support people looking for their first tech job.

To apply as a mentee you could be a student at Uni or another tertiary college, you could be an international immigrant, someone emerging from a mid-career change, you could be a self-taught developer or a tech-literate professional wanting to transition more fully into the tech industry. We all know how hard it is to get that first job before you have experience and before you have a network of professional support.

To apply as a mentor you will need to have empathy for people finding their first job. For example, if you are not a native New Zealander and have experience adapting to the NZ tech culture, we would love to have you.

Important notes: This programme is NOT designed to find the mentee a job, the mentor is not acting as a recruiter, it is to arm the mentee with the professional skills and support to find a job for themselves. Mentor notes will step you through the process.

A $25 fully refundable application fee does apply to Mentees if your application is unsuccessful.

 

2. Mid Career Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme

The second programme is aimed at people who are working and are midway through their tech career and looking for support to improve their current skills or make some changes to their career.

To apply as a mentee you must already have embarked on your career in tech. You might be a developer, an IT infrastructure specialist, a business analyst, project manager or one of many other tech sector roles. Often the mentees applying for this programme wish to develop their technical proficiency in some area or move from a purely technical role into some form of leadership, but anyone in tech can apply as long as you have some idea of what you’re trying to achieve!

To apply as a mentor you will need to have an empathetic approach in order to understand your mentee and their specific objectives, plus a genuine desire to share your knowledge, experience and perhaps industry connections with your mentee.

Note: A $25 fully refundable application fee does apply to Mentees if your application is unsuccessful.

 

3. Late Career Canterbury Tech Mentoring Programme

If you are preparing to leave the paid tech workforce, or have recently left, this Late Career programme is for you.

This programme is structured as a series of one on one, one-hour coffee meetings with a variety of people in the same situation as yourself, to share ideas and augment your tech networking. To apply you could be someone, in the tech industry, expecting to retire soon, or someone cutting back their work hours, to adjust their work-life balance. Sometimes this transition can be challenging, to both find places to use your skills, time, money and interests effectively, and to adjust to a different community.

To make effective use of this programme, you will need to have empathy for people leaving the paid-work realm. For example, if you have had a tech career and experienced some of the challenges of the transition to retirement. Or you have reduced your working hours to leave space for volunteer or time. You will have a lot to contribute based on doing this yourself.

Important note: This programme is NOT designed to give you financial advice, to provide vacation advice or to find a paid new job. It is to give you a chance to talk through the decisions you are making. We will provide notes to step you through the process.

The cost is free.

 

Six Simple Steps

This programme has six steps and is similar for both mentors or mentees:

  1. Complete your application here.  
    1. Programme 1 – Career Start Application Form from 16 April
    2. Programme 2 – Mid Career Application Form from 23 April
    3. Programme 3 – Late Career Application Form – from 7 May
  2. You will be emailed profiles for mentors/mentee and you can select people that you think might be a match for you.
  3. Attend the kick-off ‘Meet & Greet’ meeting (see individual programme dates below) where we will describe the process and expectations. You will get an opportunity to meet your potential matches.
  4. The following day we will ask you to rank your preferred matches in the system.
  5. The system will then magically match you up and send you an email.
  6. Mentor and mentee will then arrange six mentoring sessions at times that best suit them. We recommend meeting once a fortnight.

 

First time at mentoring?

Mentors get plenty of support. Before each session, we provide some tips and guidelines by email, on topics you may want to discuss.

 

Key 2021 dates – Career Start Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme 1

  • Friday 16 April – Applications Open
  • Friday 30 April – Final application date.  The approval process starts.
  • Monday 3 May – Meet & Greet event. Meet potential mentors or mentees (attendance required)
  • Wednesday 5 May – Matches sent out
  • Friday 7 May through to Friday 16 July  – Mentoring sessions begin. Fortnightly meetings – 6 in total – an email with hints and tips sent to mentors every two weeks.
  • Monday 9 August  – End of Programme get-together,  Retrospective online survey.

Key 2021 dates – Mid Career Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme 2

  • Friday 23 April – Applications Open
  • Friday 7 May – Application Period closes. The approval process starts.
  • Monday 10 May – Meet & Greet event. Meet potential mentors or mentees (attendance required)
  • Wednesday 12 May – Matches sent out
  • Friday 14 May through to Friday 23 July – Mentoring sessions begin.  Fortnightly meetings – 6 in total (An email with hints and tips sent to mentors every two weeks)
  • Monday 9 August  – End of Programme get-together,  Retrospective online survey.

Key 2021 dates – Late Career Canterbury Tech Mentor Programme 3

  • Friday 7 May – Applications Open
  • Friday 21 May – Application Period closes. The approval process starts.
  • Monday 24 May – Meet & Greet event. (attendance required)
  • Wednesday 26 May – Pairing and scheduling of get togethers sent out
  • Friday 28 May through to Friday 6 August – Get togethers
  • Monday 9 August  – End of Programme get-together,  Retrospective online survey.

 

Contact us at MentorProgramme@canterburytech.nz if you have questions about any of the programmes on offer this year.

 

We have a mentoring Code of Conduct for anyone involved in our mentoring programmes.  Full wording here.