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Projects of the Global Network of Women ICT Decision-Makers
 
 

Mentoring project

Mentoring is increasingly recognized as an important training and developmental tool. Most senior business leaders have been mentored at some point in their careers, and mentored executives seem to enjoy higher levels of remuneration than their non-mentored peers.

The Global Network of Women ICT Decision-Makers has set up a mentoring project to enable professional women who have established their careers in ICT to share their experience with girls, and encourage them to embark on a career in ICT.

Mentors do not attempt to advise mentees directly. They assist and guide their mentees to come to their own conclusions as to how best to achieve their goals. The most important characteristics of mentoring are relationship building and the trust that develops between the two sides. The mentor needs to encourage the mentee, and enable the mentee to see all her qualities and be the best she can be. In order for mentoring to be successful, both sides must be willing to dedicate time and effort to the relationship.

Whether as a mentee, gaining the experience and guidance of a professional who has been there before, or as a mentor, receiving full mentoring training and contributing to the development of others, participating in mentoring is hugely rewarding.

Shadowing project

Shadowing is a training technique where a person (the shadow), usually a student, is paired with a leader in the workplace (the host) to enable the shadow to get a hands-on feel of what it is like to have a career. Shadowing is a popular way of training new employees so that they can seamlessly begin to work in a new environment.

The idea of the shadowing project set up by the Global Network of Women ICT Decision-Makers is to use this technique to promote careers in ICT to young women. The focus is on students who are about to choose which subjects to specialize in. By taking a firsthand look at the world of ICT work, they can see how fulfilling and rewarding ICT careers are. Bringing students into the workplace to see a highly placed woman ICT decision-maker at work makes the option of pursuing a career in ICT very real and tangible.

The shadowing project shows female students why they should continue their education and why they should pursue careers in the field of ICT. It creates a critical link between education and success.

 


Guidelines for mentoring and for organizing a Shadowing project are available at www.witnet.org

 

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