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Mentor Bootcamp Slides 2018

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Slides from the mentor bootcamp sessions for Summer of Tech / Summer of Biz / Tupu Tek October 2018

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Mentor Bootcamp Slides 2018

  1. 1. 2018 Mentor Bootcamp #protips #employers
  2. 2. Goals for the session
  3. 3. Crowd-sourced mentor tips passion + a plan for me throw me in the deep end (& support me!) lead/teach by example the right level of support time for me, space to let me try ask me good questions (and let me find the answer) guidance + autonomy feedback growth and promotion starter project – let me contribute! clarity & transparency it’s ok not to know the answers (let’s figure it out together)
  4. 4. Proper Preparation
  5. 5. Intern Before Day 1 Week 1 Week 2-10 End
  6. 6. Mentor Before Day 1 Week 1 Week 2-10 End
  7. 7. Context
  8. 8. In the rare cases where there have been difficulties with internships, we’ve traced the problems back to different expectations and/or low level of engagement & support in the first couple of weeks.
  9. 9. Before Housekeeping… •Contract •Project •Work station •Your goals & expectations right project + right intern + right support = good internship
  10. 10. We devote the first month to training. Interns work full time on the Dev Train. This will pay back in the 2nd & 3rd month, when you have an extra developer resource on your team.
  11. 11. Setting interns up with a small “learning” project to get them familiar with the tools, working style and in the flow is a great idea. Set them up for success!
  12. 12. Projects • Embed in a team (BAU) • R&D Project • Rotating • Shadowing Can you give them ownership of some part of a project? a tangible output is awesome if possible
  13. 13. Planning your time
  14. 14. Before start date Get your whole team on board to welcome your newest recruit, get them engaged early! • Housekeeping • Mentor(s) + Buddy • Map the project
  15. 15. We invite all our interns for a casual lunch before start date. No pressure, just to meet the team and make everyone feel welcome.
  16. 16. Day 1 WELCOME • Orientation to training & support resources (online & offline) • Encourage questions (but help them solve their own problems) • Ask them to document their learning, to present back to the rest of the team at the end of the internship • Remember: technical & non-technical support!
  17. 17. Make sure day one goes smoothly! First impressions are really important. Try and remove any housekeeping glitches and have a clear plan for the first few hours.
  18. 18. Expectation-setting Remember, this could be their first “real” job • Be clear on start/finish times • Office etiquette • Clients/VIPs/confidentiality etc • Xmas party etiquette Don’t panic, it’s not about babysitting, you’ve hired mature, confident self- starters!
  19. 19. Week 1 • Clear expectation-setting • Check in • Give feedback • Encourage question-asking • Share good problem-solving techniques
  20. 20. Neurodiversity 101 • https://ed.ted.com/featured/DkvMWO46 • 10 ½ minutes TEDED talk by Brian Kinghorn
  21. 21. As a newbie, it’s easy to get stuck in a hole. 1 minute’s advice from you could save them HOURS of independent problem- solving.
  22. 22. Provide context for your intern: how does their project fit into the wider team/product/organisation? Talk about what they’ll do, why it’s important, what they (and the organisation) will get at the end.
  23. 23. Week 2-10 • You should be able to pull back training/mentor time • But remain available & ensure regular check-ins
  24. 24. Week 2-10 • Consider re-scoping project if their progress is faster than anticipated • Can you expose to different projects/people/clients/tasks? • Invite to observe other teams/meetings/events?
  25. 25. Week 2-10 • Consider re-scoping project if their progress is slower than anticipated • Can you provide extra training resources or tips? • Extra tech or non-tech support required?
  26. 26. Week 2-10 • Are you getting what YOU hoped out of the experience? Don’t forget to check in with yourself & team-mates to make sure you’re maximising the opportunity. • Documentation… is super-useful to reflect on your mentorship experience, too ;-)
  27. 27. End of internship • Wanna keep em? Sometimes interns are available part-time or full-time after summer. COMMUNICATE EARLY! • Write a reference or LinkedIn recommendation if you’re comfortable doing that • Document & Feedback (from them to you, you to them, you to future you, from all of you to SoT/Biz team)
  28. 28. We always asked our interns to present back to the wider team at the end of their project. It is great experience for them, and helps raise awareness about what interns can do.
  29. 29. SoT/Biz support • Let us know if things are going well or not well • Let us know if anything unexpected happens • Regular summer events – please come along, all welcome! • Seeking Interns to present at our showcase at the end of Feb – if you have a potential case study, please let us know
  30. 30. Need help? • send us a DM from the website – log in and find the Intercom speech bubble at the bottom right of your screen • email us info@summeroftech.co.nz

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