My mentor invited me to her office every Friday for lunch and whiteboarding. She often asked her coworkers to mock-interview me while she was observing…she’s very enthusiastic and supportive.
The best part is that even though my mentor is super smart, he was able to explain things simply, so I could understand him. And he never made me feel dumb!
My mentor is awesome. He is thoughtful, intelligent and laid back. He asks great questions. He is also proactive about scheduling time to meet.
The mentorship program provided an invaluable industry perspective to compliment Hackbright’s educational environment.
What is a mentor?
Hackbright Academy mentors are volunteers who work as developers or in leadership roles at technology companies and who would like to support women entering software engineering. Our mentor pool is mixed-gender, and we strive to make sure each fellow gets at least one woman-identified mentor. It is an incredible community dedicated to creating a supportive environment in tech.
How are mentors selected?
We are fortunate that we have enthusiastic volunteers in the community interested in supporting Hackbright – our students, programs and mission. From this pool of volunteers, we choose the mentors who would be the best fit given the needs of our fellows.
How long do I get to stay connected with my mentor?
Students are encouraged to stay connected with their mentors throughout their time in the fellowship. Should you and your mentor agree to stay connected after graduation that is entirely up to you both. One of the benefits of the program is expanding your professional network as you embark on this new adventure so we encourage our students to continue to stay engaged with their mentors, peers, instructors, etc.