In the past three years at least 60% of the people who participated in a PWN Mentoring Program have gone on to achieve the goals they set for themselves, whether getting a promotion, making a career change or starting a business. Mentorship is important at every stage of a person’s career, whether they are just starting out or are a CEO, and the PWN is committed to helping both young and experienced professionals alike.
Mentoring is a voluntary developmental relationship between an expert who is willing to share her/his knowledge and experiences (Mentor) with one or more people wanting to learn and profit from guidance to develop their personal or professional skills (Mentees). The PWN’s mission is to create Gender Balanced Leadership, and mentoring is a proven method for helping more women advance in their careers and into leadership positions.
Those wishing to be either a Mentor or a Mentee fill out an application describing the goals they wish to achieve during the program, their background, and their experience. Mentoring topics include personal development such as improving communication skills and self-expression, work-life balance, professional development, management and leadership, entrepreneurship, and career development. Each applicant will also be interviewed by the Mentoring Coordination Team in order to get a better understanding of their expectations and preferences.
Mentors are then matched with Mentees. The program runs from October to June, with each mentoring pair or small group meeting on a regular basis (either in person or remotely). They are supported by The Mentoring Coordination Team throughout the process.
Through mentoring, Mentees can clarify their career path and analyze their professional and/or personal development and growth; they will receive feedback and support from their Mentor, and will receive advice on how to increase their confidence and how to confront challenges. Mentees are responsible for being committed, engaged, and staying motivated throughout the program, and for striving to achieve the goals set at the beginning.
Mentors have the chance to develop their leadership skills and, thanks to the support of the Mentoring Coordination Team, they will experience a program that also challenges them to reflect on their professional career and aspirations. It is a chance to reflect on own practices and challenges. Mentors will encourage action, commitment and motivation. At the same time, they will provide and receive continuous feedback. Participating as a Mentor on the PWN Vienna Mentoring Program also allows them access to the PWN network through its global and local reach, and gives visibility through its media channels, including LinkedIn and the online magazine, Connect.
To further increase benefits for Mentors and Mentees, PWN Vienna strives to continually increase the strength of its program. In 2020/21 we will support our Mentors by:
Welcome to the more than 60 Mentees and 40 Mentors that joined our program. We look forward to following your progress and seeing you reach your goals!
Didn’t apply this year? No worries, send an email to email@example.com, and we will notify you when the application period for the 2021/2022 Mentoring Program opens in the Spring of 2021 - practically around the corner.
We will also have a Q&A Session for the Mentoring Program - subscribe to our bi-weekly Newsletter here to find out about it, along with all of our other great events.
PWN Vienna, like many other organizations, is committed to maintaining and promoting excellent practice in mentoring. We are building our Mentor Program in a step by step process around a recognized professional framework. EMCC is one of the leading global organizations in the mentoring field. One of our next steps is to adopt the Global Code of Ethics set out by the European Mentor and Coaching Council. We anticipate that you can identify with the Code of Ethics as it relates to mentors and mentoring (it also applies to those who coach or supervise). We, therefore, ask all our mentors to sign the Code of Ethics as part of our shared commitment and desire to conduct our mentoring work in a professional manner.
“I came into the program serious about making a career transition but also terrified of what the future held for me. Thanks to my mentor and the program coordinators, I got on track and reached many of my ‘actionable goals’ sooner than expected. My mentor worked with me to adjust as our mentorship evolved with my changing needs and new perspectives. It was the spark I needed to get on a new path and feel I have the capabilities and skills I need, on top of an amazing network at the PWN, to take on a new career path.
If I could give words of advice to anyone thinking of joining the program as mentor or mentee, I’d say–invest in yourself by bringing an open mind, and dedication to your professional growth, into this unique relationship. I know both my mentor and myself did so and we’ve both become significantly better for it. I can’t thank the team of mentorship program coordinators and my mentor enough for their time, efforts, and support during this. I look forward to being a member of the PWN Vienna for the rest of my professional career.”
Jessica Kozlowski - Mentee
"Being a mentor in the field of „Journey to Yourself“ was a very rewarding experience. I had a challenging process with my mentee helping her to increase her self-confidence, being more positive and also learn more about my own career development, discovering my true vocation and finding my best role in life through such mentoring. I am looking with great enthusiasm for the next Mentoring Program.”
Simona Ciucur - Mentor
"The PWN mentoring program allowed me to use my experience to have a positive, visible impact. My mentees were very well matched and our exchanges were fruitful. There were many learning opportunities for me as well. In addition, the mentoring team organized several workshops where I was able to exchange with other like-minded individuals and learn new tools and techniques, helping me become a better manager.
The team of volunteer mentors is the most diverse and international group of people I have seen in Vienna!"
Robin Cefai - Mentor
PWN relies on the excellent volunteer work of several of its members. Our Mentoring Coordination Team is currently working to further develop the Mentoring Program, and to engage as many Mentors and Mentees as possible. You can contact the MCT directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and send them your questions.