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.
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.
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.
This programme has six steps and is similar for both mentors or mentees:
Mentors get plenty of support. Before each session, we provide some tips and guidelines by email, on topics you may want to discuss.
Contact us at MentorProgramme@
We have a mentoring Code of Conduct for anyone involved in our mentoring programmes. Full wording here.