Career Mentorship

In October 2019, Women in Geospatial+ launched a career mentorship programme to bring people together who want to grow and develop professional skills for a geospatial career. Our current cohort consists of 42 participants from 17 countries. Two mentorship models were implemented. First, Peer Mentorship Groups of up to 3 people and second, Mentor and Mentee Pairs.

For the first round of the programme, we aimed to support up to 10 peer mentor groups or mentorship pairs. Due to overwhelming demand, we expanded our support to 16 mentorship groups and pairs.

All are welcome.

We welcome people of all backgrounds and genders to participate in our mentorship programme. All who identify as women or are from underrepresented genders are welcome to apply to be peer mentors, mentors or mentees. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people and those who are otherwise marginalized. All who identify as cis men are welcome to apply to be peer mentors or mentors.

Active members of the Women in Geospatial+ Slack community qualify for bonus points when applying.

For more information, register for Slack and visit our mentorship channel there.

How to apply

In the application, mentors and mentees can state their areas of expertise and also the skills or knowledge that they wish to develop. We will then group people together based on these preferences and interests. Applicants will be selected based on their level of interest and commitment as demonstrated in their applications. There is no cost or fee to apply or participate in the programme.

Stay tuned for the second edition of our mentorship programme launching in September 2020!

Timeline (from Mentorship Round 1)

      • 29 August 2019: Applications open
      • 30 September 2019: Applications close
      • 7 October 2019: Mentorship matches announced
      • October to July 2020: Mentorship programme underway
      • 15 July 2020: Mentorship programme ends