Mentorship is a developmental relationship in which a more experienced guides one who is less experienced. This includes sharing skills and information necessary to foster that individual’s personal or professional growth.
Mentorship helps the mentee or protégé (one being mentored) to make well-informed decisions about their careers and/or personal lives. By having a mentor, one has gained a guide, a teacher as well as a wealth of information and networks already known by the mentor. Mentorship also indirectly teaches one to develop leadership skills and establish their unique leadership style, which is seen in the way one takes responsibility of their own life.
Over the years, WomEng has been successfully attracting bright young minds into engineering and enabling the exchange of ideas between women in engineering all over South Africa. The remaining challenge, however, is retaining skilled youth in the industry. Hundreds of talented high school girls go through our GirlEng programme each year, which ignites an interest in engineering. The major task for WomEng, however, is to provide oxygen to this interest and provide the necessary guidance to facilitate a successful high school to university transition. More so, maintaining a high level of interest is crucial at the university-industry transition stage, as it determines one’s career trajectory. At both these stages, some may fail to consider success in engineering as an attainable goal due to inadequate mentorship opportunities to foster a growing interest and ambition.
Concerning women and the engineering field, some of the typical career dilemmas include:
whether or not to enter the engineering field
which type of engineering to consider
how to choose a company to work for upon completion of studies
which career path to follow after entering the industry
prospects of a success as a female engineer striving for work-life balance.
Such decisions can only be made with an on-going, guided process, which is why Mentorship is one of the WomEng core principles and the golden thread that runs through the entire organisation.
One may become a full-time GirlEng mentor who is assigned a group of high school learners to introduce to the world of engineering and guide their decision making process over several months. Alternatively, one may opt to be an occasional mentor at GirlEng and Fellowship mentorship events (this is open to both males and females).
By becoming a WomEng mentor, you have the opportunity to
change a life
Learn more about yourself and grow your leadership skills
enhance your communication skills
learn more things about engineering through other mentors and workshop facilitators at your disposal
Gain access to the WomEng network and networking opportunities
Witness the growing interest of South African and Global Women in Engineering and knowing you are part of the change
For more information about how this work email firstname.lastname@example.org or volunteer here on our website.