• Be a Tech Connect Mentor

Do you work in BC's tech industry? 

Share your experience to help a skilled newcomer woman secure a rewarding career in BC’s tech industry by becoming a mentor in the Tech Connect program. 

Are you a BC tech professional who can spare one hour each month to provide advice, support, and encouragement? We’re always in need of mentors with technical or non-technical backgrounds to share insights with newcomer women seeking employment in the local tech industry.  

How the program works 

We’ll match you with a Tech Connect participant who has similar career interests and/or life experiences. You’ll connect for a minimum of four hours over three months in person, by phone, or by video chat. Your mentee will share their career objectives and goals for the mentorship experience. Topics may include:

  • Understanding Canadian workplace culture 
  • Learning how to network professionally 
  • Gaining insights on industry trends and the hidden job market 
  • Unpacking the hiring process 
  • Improving their cover letter and resume 
  • Preparing for a phone screen, interview or technical assignment 
  • Clarifying goals for career development 
  • Organizing a workplace visit or job shadow experience (if appropriate) 

Our volunteer mentors cover a wide range of professional experiences such as software engineering, UX/UI design, data science, business development, project management, customer experience, people & culture and more. While backgrounds vary, our mentors share a caring attitude and commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in the tech sector.    

How you can get involved 

To become a mentor you will need to: 

  • Complete an online application form 
  • Provide two references 
  • Complete a FREE Criminal Record Check 
  • Attend an introductory meeting 

For more information or to learn about other ways to support Tech Connect, contact Crystal Lee at 604 209 7468 | clee@ywcavan.org