The WIE initiative offers a number of practical tools to help women move faster and further up their career paths. One of these tools is the ICER e-mentoring programme. A pilot programme was run from fall 2013 to fall 2014 and paired 38 mentees with male (11) and female (23) mentors from around the globe. The 2015-2016 programme paired 29 mentors and mentees, and the 2016-2017 programme had 37 participants.
“The feeling that I have contributed, even in a small way, to the development of women in the energy field was one of the main benefits of participating in the programme” – Mentor, 2014
“The mentoring programme has opened my mind to the possibilities that exist for women in the energy industry and allowed me to determine how best to purse some of those opportunities” – Mentee, 2014
"The mentoring programme provides the opportunity to seek professional advice from someone outside of my immediate working environment", Mentee 2014
"I was able to share my knowledge, training and experience", Mentor 2014
Participants attributed the mentoring programme to a wide number of achievements (e.g. applying for a job promotion, public speaking) that they would not otherwise have realised.
A world apart
This programme is referenced as an “e-mentoring” programme because of the unique pairing of mentors and female mentees from all over the globe. The geographic diversity alone will prove to be both exciting and challenging during the programme. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to connect and engage using technology and social media tools to aid in the development of a robust mentorship relationship. A support network is available to participants to ensure all the benefits of the programme are realised.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2017 programme are now open. Both men and women can apply to become mentors.
The deadline for applications for both mentors and mentees is extended until 17 February 2017! For further information, please contact the ICER Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org