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About the JuniorDevSG Mentoring Program

Origins

We did a survey with the JuniorDevSG group and identified three areas that they needed mentoring guidance:

  • Career coaching and guidance
  • Professional growth
  • Work related / technical skills

For technical skills, we will have Developer’s Gym coding workshops with specific skills training.

For career guidance & professional growth, we feel it might be best addressed with regular mentoring sessions.

Goals of Mentoring Program

  • Provide career coaching and guidance that will help the Mentees in making the right decisions in their career.
  • Share life lessons on professional growth that Mentees may excel in their current and future work roles.
  • This is NOT a coding tuition centre.

Format

Why group mentoring?

  • We feel that doing this with a consistent group and on a regular cadence would provide a safe zone for more meaningful & deeper sharing, and for the group to help each other in a sustainable manner.
  • Our hope is that they will form some sort of accountability circle in the groups.

Mentoring Group

  • Group make-up:
    • 2 mentors + 3 mentees
    • 1 male and 1 female mentor (as best as we can)
  • We believe that a healthy & balanced mentor to mentee ratio is crucial to providing quality attention and care for every individual in this program
  • As such, do understand our need to limit the intake numbers based on the number of mentors we manage to recruit for the program
  • For mentees with gender preference, we will put them in an all-women or all-men group

Group Mentoring Sessions

  • 6 sessions (3 September to 17 December) - once every 3 weeks (Tues)
  • Same venue for all groups
  • Session Agenda:
    • Dinner
    • Talk by mentors on a specific theme
    • Mentoring group sessions (discuss on theme)
    • Share back from groups on what they have discussed
    • Supper
  • Groups may arrange for additional social gatherings in between the mentoring sessions

Buddy System

  • Buddy System between a mentor & mentee in the same group
  • Some mentors may need to have have more than 1 buddy
  • 1-to-1 relationship - someone that you are responsible for.
  • Someone you can pay more attention to and have additional follow-up / check-in with.
  • You are encouraged to have 1-on-1 sessions with your Mentee Buddy.

Code of Conduct

Our code of conduct covers these following areas:

  • Confidentiality
  • Availability
  • Communications
  • Topics for Discussion
  • Personal Relationships
  • Meetings in Person
  • Prohibited Advice
  • Knowledgeable Advice
  • Fees
  • Business Relationships
  • Duty to Report Code Violations

Please refer to the relevant mentor or mentee handbook for the full text of our CoC. All Mentors and Mentees must comply with the CoC in order to continue in the program.

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