WHAT IS MENTORING?

Mentoring has proven to be one of the most effective methods for achieving personal and professional growth, whether you're a mentor or a mentee. It's a learning and development partnership between someone with specific experience (a mentor) and someone who wants to learn or develop (a mentee). Mentorship entails a series of structured conversations through which a mentor guides a mentee, offering insights, skills, and networks crucial for personal and professional development. 


MUTUAL BENEFITS OF MENTORING

Mentoring helps both mentors and mentees to:

(tick)  Exchange and develop knowledge

(tick)  Foster self-awareness

(tick)  Expand professional networks

(tick)  Enhance leadership skills

(tick)  Spotlight talent within the organisation and community

(tick)  Increase visibility across the organisation and community

THE ORIGIN OF GÉANT'S MENTORING PROGRAMME

Only 37% of GÉANT’s workforce is female, with the gender imbalance most noticeable in engineering and executive roles.

Recognising the need for a more balanced workforce, the Gender Equality Action Plan commits GLAD to

“implement a formal Mentorship Programme and extend reach to the wider GÉANT community and beyond”


THE PROGRAMME’S MAIN PURPOSE

(thumbs up)  Attract and retain talented women in our community.

(thumbs up)  Provide career development and networking opportunities for women.

(thumbs up)  Enable our community to meet its own Gender Equality commitments effectively.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

(red star) Members of the GÉANT Association and GÉANT's global Research & Education associates

(red star) Female mentees

(red star) Mentors of all genders


HOW WILL THE MENTORING PROGRAMME WORK?

→ Individuals keen to mentor or receive mentoring, or both, can register on our dedicated mentoring platform.

After outlining their mentoring goals and availability, they will identify potential partners via the mentoring platform, based on their preferences.

Once paired, they collaborate to set goals and communication parameters, scheduling calls accordingly.


WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE PILOT PROGRAMME

The pilot programme is on and aims to help us refine the programme before its full launch.

DURATION The Pilot will take place between April – August 2024 to help us prepare for the full launch in September 2024.

TIME COMMITMENT Times can be agreed upon between each pair. We suggest you allow 3-6 hours for mentoring sessions and 1 hour for an Introduction to Mentoring session.

ACCESS TO MATERIALS Participants will have access to a range of materials on mentoring, including suggested topics for discussion during mentoring sessions.

FEEDBACK All Pilot participants should be willing to provide feedback on their experience to GÉANT Learning & Development (GLAD).


CHARGING TIME TO THE PROJECT

(tick) Mentors from Project beneficiaries may charge time they spend mentoring to WP1T5. (Beneficiaries include GÉANT's 40 members and their beneficiaries. For example, Norwegian universities which are Nordunet members could charge their time via Nordunet).

(warning) There is no mechanism to reimburse time for those outside the Project e.g. from international NRENs or non-member universities.

(warning) Mentees cannot claim time from the GÉANT GN5-1 Project (but should benefit from receiving mentoring!).


If you have any questions or proposals, we are happy to hear back from you at glad@geant.org

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