August 31, 2016

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Mentorship can mean different things to different people. It can mean long, in-person chats over a meal or sporadic email exchanges online. It can mean formal guidance through an internship or apprenticeship program at a company or informal design reviews with a talented coworker. It can mean seeking out an industry pro or simply connecting with someone at a meetup. No matter the form, mentorship always has the same end goal: growth.

At Viget, mentorship takes a variety of forms. Design and code reviews happen regularly between peers. Managers meet with staff biweekly to discuss projects and professional development. People mentor within the community through organizations like General Assembly. Perhaps our largest mentoring effort happens every summer, when a select group of talented college students joins us for a 10-week summer internship. Through mentorship, we learn, foster new talent, and help the community grow.

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Community Thoughts on Mentorship...

  1. 1. Why It's So Difficult For Minority Women To Find Mentors “There’s no doubt that mentorships can be a tricky road to navigate. No matter how challenging it can be, it’s important to know that mentorships are crucial to getting more minority women into higher positions.”
  2. 2. Mentors Are The Secret Weapons Of Successful Startups “Entrepreneurs often spend hundreds of hours raising funds from angel and venture capital investors. While these activities are clearly important, analysis of new data on startups suggests that founders should also dedicate significant time to something that many people overlook: recruiting great mentors.”
  3. 3. How To Find A Great Mentor -- First, Don't Ever Ask A Stranger “Find great mentors through the inspiring people you’re already interacting and working with now. They need to be people to whom you have already demonstrated your potential – who know how you think, act, communicate and contribute.”
  4. 4. What Working at Facebook Taught Me About Design Mentorship “People won’t invest any time to help a stranger, but they’d do a lot to help a friend. So you shouldn’t be looking for a design mentor. You should be looking for a friend who happens to have a lot more experience than you.”
  5. 5. Technology Is Bringing Back the Apprenticeship Model. It Just Has a Different Name - Mentoring “Today, the apprenticeship model has evolved to teach the cognitive processes experts use to handle complex tasks. In the “cognitive apprenticeship” model experts/mentors impart both factual and conceptual knowledge in a variety of contexts, encouraging both a deeper understanding of the meaning of the concepts and facts themselves and a rich web of memorable associations between them and problem solving contexts.”

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