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.
Share your experience to help a skilled newcomer woman secure a career in BC’s tech industry by becoming a mentor in the Tech Connect program.
How the program works
We’ll match you with a Tech Connect participant who has similar career interests and/or life experiences. You’ll meet virtually for a 30-minute informational interview, and if there is interest from both parties to connect further, you two will be matched as mentor and mentee for three hours of mentorship over two months. 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 (design, development and testing), data science, product design, project management, business development, 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. Mentors of all genders are welcome. We accept mentor applications year-round!
How you can get involved
To become a mentor you will need to:
- Have at least two years of work experience in BC's tech industry
- Provide two references
- Complete a FREE Criminal Record Check
- Attend an introductory meeting