What does it take to become a mentor?Last Updated: August 27, 2020
We don't have fixed guidelines on what experience, education & status a mentor has to have, and decide fairly on a case-to-case basis to promote a diverse mentor landscape. However, there are some things you should include in your application and some things we look out for in particular.
Your application should include:
- A medium-long biography about your experience and what you'd be interested in mentoring. This will be public, so speak directly to mentees, be personal and add useful extra info (timezone, travel schedules, availability)
- A friendly, personal profile image. We want to see you and know who you are. Mentorship is highly personal - and a real-life profile image adds to that.
- More than one sentence for the interview questions: This is where you impress us and tell us what you've done in your past.
What we'd like to see from mentors applying:
- Time. While it's possible to offer hands-off mentorship at even less than 20 minutes time commitment per week, you still need to put in that time and react to messages.
- Motivation. If your only motivation is the money - this isn't for you. You will have to genuinely care about the outcome of your students. Show us that you are motivated!
- Prior professional or academia experience. We usually don't work with undergrad students or self-taught engineers without professional experience. Even if it's just for 6 months - that's fine!
- Prior mentorship or tutoring experience is a plus.
Please note, these are suggestions. The only/most important part is having a little time set aside and motivation. Just be there when you are needed.