The Association for Women Geoscientists has a (fairly new, I think) peer mentoring program.
From the Laramide Chapter newsletter:
Expectations and benefits for participants:A few other pieces of information:
As a Mentor…
As a Mentee…
- You will likely talk by phone or email 2 times per month during your agreed time period… normally 6 - 12 month but relationships can be shorter or longer.
- You will be networking with the next generation… trying out new ideas
- You will gain new perspectives and likely tap into new directions within the profession (regeneration)
- Most mentors report learning new skills in coaching/mentoring and satisfaction of helping someone succeed
Benefits of the Peer Mentoring Center
- You will likely talk by phone or email 2 times per month during your agreed time period… normally 6 - 12 months but relationships can be shorter or longer.
- You can seek direct feedback in a confidential relationship
- A mentor will help enhance your networking skills
- You will be able to tap the career wisdom of the senior members of AWG
- Gain increased skills to self-direct your career
- Together you and your mentor will gain insights into the professional culture
- Most participants report gaining new role models and wider friendships
- Fits with adult learning preferences by building on work experience and practical exercises, by providing collaborative support via mentoring relationships, and by offering opportunities for participants to observe their own competencies.
- Builds on best practices and research in adult professional development mentoring.
- Provides easy access to mentoring guides and articles, tools for mentoring, self-assessments, and other resource materials. Materials have been written or assembled by an expert in mentoring research and practices.
- Anyone* can be a mentor; only AWG members can be mentees (for now).
- They are seeking mentors for both early career and mid-career professionals. (You can't sign up to be both a mentor and a mentee, though. Maybe that will change someday.)
- The interests include lots and lots of things outside academia (writing, management, government, various industries). I suspect that this network may be particularly useful for women seeking jobs outside academia - it can be very difficult to figure out just what the possibilities are, especially when everyone you know is trying to get a job at a research university.