By Tennie Videler
I missed the last WiSE Up workshop but know online presence was part of it.
Here is my take on using twitter, which I use in a pretty low level way for my job. I’ve not used twitter to find out what celebrities have for breakfast but rather for finding out what is happening in my work sphere, build a presence and ask questions. I really think you need to start using it to find it useful….. Key is finding the right people to ‘follow’, by searching, for example using hashtags (#word). Once you’ve found a group of people to follow, look at who they follow too. Some people make recommendations, especially on Fridays (follow Friday or FF in twitter speak). These days twitter recommends people for you to follow too based on your searches and ‘tweets’.
Cambridge is famous for its many innovators, some of whom have gone on to be very, very successful in the business world.
What kind of mind do you need to be a successful business person? Clever, innovative and resourceful all help. Visionary, maybe? Process-oriented? Organised? With plenty of the “soft” or people skills?
It’s a rare bird who combines all of these so no need to despair if you think you’re missing some. We can all benefit from adopting a different type of thinking.
For example, you might think that, if being a woman in science or engineering isn’t as rewarding as you’d hoped, you’d like to try something else and maybe being your own boss has an attractive sound. Do you then immediately think “Well, what could I do – I don’t have any ideas.”?
A meeting report for the Peer Mentoring Workshop…
Most of the Cambridge AWiSE AGM was devoted to a workshop on peer mentoring. We defined peer mentoring as providing mentoring in a group of peers. In such a group everyone mentors each other.
We brainstormed rules for our peer mentoring session and came up with the following:
• Professionalism and respect to each other and regarding others
• Listening to what each has to say as well as talk, giving each roughly equal airtime
• One conversation at a time
• Conversations should be cooperative, constructive and solution focused
• Conversations should be challenging rather than pedestrian
After the success of last year’s format, we will again feature a workshop on peer mentoring at the Cambridge AWiSE AGM on Tuesday 21st February.
Peer mentoring is the idea of providing mentoring in a group of peers. In such a group everyone mentors each other. It works on the assumption that we all gain different experiences and in a group of committed and intelligent women there will be useful experiences relating to your current situation.
Our ‘Mentoring for Success’ Meeting on Tuesday 11th October was itself a great success. About 35 women attended from diverse backgrounds in academia, industry and enterprise. The Workshop was led superbly by Jacqui Hogan, the current MentorSET manager. Jacqui discussed the mechanism of the mentoring partnership between mentor and mentee. This led to a practical mentoring exercise for everyone to play the role of mentor then mentee and work through their own specific career issues. It produced a very interactive evening and encouraged many to think about a mentoring partnership so it was particularly pleasing that the workshop resulted in the beginnings of several mentoring pairs. The evening highlighted clearly the role CamAWiSE can play in facilitating access to the MentorSET mentoring scheme and the benefits of the networking at Cambridge AWiSE meetings.
Workshop - exploring the mentor-mentee partnership
Jacqui Hogan, MentorSET manager