Introducing the Sheffield Digital Mentoring Scheme Our new scheme will help Individual Members to develop and achieve their career goals. Claire FletcherIndividual members and News and Opportunities and Skills23rd March 2021Career ChangeSheffield Digital Mentoring SchemeSheffield Women in Techskills We are delighted to announce the launch of the Sheffield Digital Mentoring Scheme! This is something that our community manager, Sophie, has been working on for several months after our members told us how useful a mentoring scheme would be. Sophie has collaborated with the team at Sheffield Women in Tech (ShfWiT), who were also keen to set up a mentoring scheme. So, a fantastic range of expertise and insight has gone into the structure and resources. Through mentorship, we want our Individual Members to benefit from support and guidance to help you develop in your careers. Each round of the mentorship scheme will run for 6 months, and we will provide the resources that both mentors and mentees need to track progress and reflect on their work during the process. Why mentoring? After consulting with our Individual Members about what they wanted from their membership, we could see there was demand to create a scheme where people could develop themselves and work towards a career goal. And what better way to do that than tapping into the wealth of knowledge and experience that exists among the great people in Sheffield’s digital industries? On the new Sheffield Digital Mentoring Scheme, mentees can benefit from linking up with someone who has experience and insight, and has been in your position before. Your mentor can cast a knowledgeable eye over your work, answer questions and offer advice on progression and career options, and share knowledge of the tech and digital sectors in Sheffield and beyond. You’ll grow in confidence and meet new people through the networking opportunities that are a key part of the scheme. As a mentor, you won’t just benefit from the satisfaction that comes from ‘giving something back’; you will develop your own confidence and self-esteem as you become aware of knowledge you didn’t even know you had! You’ll be able to swap and explore new ideas, develop your network by meeting new talented industry professionals, and improve in your own area of work. Who is it for? The aim of the scheme is to provide direct benefits to our Individual Members, supporting you to work towards career goals and personal growth. To take part as a mentee, you need to be an Individual Member of Sheffield Digital (this costs £5 a month and helps us to cover the costs of running the scheme). If you’re not one yet, it’s easy to sign up via our website. As soon as you’ve signed up you can register to take part in the scheme. Places for mentors are open to all, regardless of member status. This is so that our mentees have access to as broad a range of support as possible. Whether you’re a mentor or mentee, you will benefit from the scheme, growing and gaining in confidence, contacts, ideas and knowledge. How does it work? Once signed up, mentors will be matched up with mentees who are looking to develop in the areas that mentors have skills and experience in. We will then provide the introduction for mentor-mentee pairings, along with resources to help you track progress, and ongoing support to all those taking part. We’ll also send you a feedback form to complete so that we can continue to build on this work and improve the scheme. Participants can also use the brand new Slack channels for mentors and mentees; a place to celebrate successes, share thoughts and ideas, and network with others taking part in the scheme. Thank yous We would like to say a big thank you to Ben Atha of The Developer Academy for his great insight and direction, and to the Sheffield Creative Guild for letting us use their own mentoring scheme’s outline and guidelines to help build ours. Finally, to Sheffield Women in Tech for their feedback and help in structuring the resources we provide to participants. This input has been invaluable and is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions about the scheme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Sophie Wendell on the Sheffield Digital Slack. Resources To become a member of Sheffield Digital, sign up here. Further information about the scheme can be found by clicking here. Sign up as a mentee here. Sign up as a mentor here. Read more about what you can expect as a mentee by clicking here. And our guide for mentors is here.