As part of the Code4CT program, we host “Code Conversations” in which men and women in tech-related careers share their stories.
Speakers at Code Conversations present their experience entering and working within the tech industry. Speakers paint a picture of some challenges and important highlights of their professional journeys. These conversations highlight the many different career options available and introduce participants to local role models to inspire and motivate them on a personal level.
Join a Code Conversation
What is required for me to speak at a Code Conversation?
You need to be on a technology related career path.
After being a speaker, what happens next?
Once you have been a speaker, you can become a:
- Mentor (women) (see below)
- Fundraising Champion
What is the role of a mentor?
The Code4CT mentorship program aims to complement the core Code4CT program which consists of 18 months of coding classes and time spent working within local tech companies. Through mentoring we hope to:
- Help young women to develop self-efficacy and interpersonal skills and ultimately empower these women to be confident in a professional setting.
- Help young women to navigate critical career and life decisions
- Build a supportive, inclusive, and collaborative network between professionals and learners and facilitate intergenerational relationships
What is the time commitment of a mentor?
The time commitment of a mentor is typically 6 hours. This comprises of 1 hour of training, 2 hours attending a Code Conversation, plus 3 hours mentoring a small group of learners.
Mentors commit to 3 sessions within a year to meet with learners in small groups of 2 – 5. Mentors are asked to commit to three sessions, not necessarily with the same group of Code4CT participants, after which they can elect to renew participation for three more sessions.
How to become a mentor?
All mentors are required to give a talk at a Code Conversation. This allows the learners to meet you and understand a little bit about you upfront. After speaking at a Code Conversation, you are eligible to become a mentor. If you elect to become a Mentor, you will:
- Attend a training session where you will be briefed on the role of a mentor, receive a preparatory information packet, and asked to agree in writing to uphold the guidelines of the program.
- Be matched to a group. Students will apply to meet with a mentor in groups of two to five. The Head of Mentoring will match students with a mentor and share the contact information of a representative member of the students in the group and the mentor.
- Arrange your first meeting. The mentor and student representative will arrange a time and place to meet adhering to the guidelines outlined in the Mentor Handbook.
- Complete a feedback form to log your session. After the session, both the students and the mentor will complete an online feedback form.
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