We in Games Finland Mentorship Program
Signup for 2022 Mentorship Program is closed. We will return with a new program in 2023!
WiGFi Mentorship Program is a lightly structured 6-month program that pairs participants for one-to-one mentorships. In addition, the program offers tools and learning materials, training for the mentors, peer support and networking opportunities with other participants of the program.
All members of We in Games Finland can seek mentorship through the program. Mentorships are a great way to learn and grow at any stage of your career, be it starting up or leveling up!
We’re also looking for volunteer game industry mentors, both from the WiGFi community and beyond, to help our members reach their potential. If you’re looking for a way to give back in the industry and learn new things, mentoring is a great way to do that!
Our fourth round of Mentorships is about to start. Read on for more information.
Welcome to participate in the We in Games Mentorship Program!
Round 4 information
We are kicking off our fourth round of the Program in February 2022. Registration is open 1.2.–14.2. and the program runs until August. Registration happens via https://weingames.fi/mentorship2022-signup
Important dates in Round 4
Sign-up form is open
1.3. / 9.3.
Mentee goal setting workshop (need to attend only one!)
Match introductions and instructions on next steps will be sent to matched mentors and mentees via e-mail
Mentor-mentee pairs will have a minimum of 4 sessions together
Group hangouts and mingles organized in WiGFi Discord
Mentorship Program wrap-up
(optional) Reunion hangout
What is the Mentorship Program?
The We in Games Finland Mentorship Program aims to support our members’ professional development by offering a lightly structured Mentorship program, organized once a year.
Mentorships are one-to-one conversations between mentor and mentee. Mentors can offer guidance, support, perspective and direction, and mentorships are a powerful method in any stage of one’s career, for example when
- You’re a student, recent graduate or career switcher, looking for your first game industry job and building your professional skill set
- You’re working in the industry in junior or mid-level, looking to level up your career or gain a better understanding of your strengths and development areas
- You’re working at a more senior level, looking to widen your responsibilities
- You’re at professional crossroads, looking for guidance on taking the next steps.
- You’re an entrepreneurial spirit looking to start your own company and getting advice from someone who’s been through the same challenges that you will soon face.
In the beginning of the mentorship, mentees will define a focus or a goal. Mentees will then be paired with a volunteer mentor who works in the game industry or ecosystem.
Acting as a mentor is an excellent way to learn, grow, network and give back. It can help with developing one’s people or communication skills, or even help gain a better understanding of their own aspirations and the value of their own skills.
You can start mentoring when you work in the games industry and have experiences and knowledge to share.
Volunteer mentors support and empower the mentees to work towards their goals during 4 mentorship sessions. In the sessions, a mentor will drive the conversation, give advice and answer the mentee’s questions, or ask questions and empower the mentee to find the answers to their questions from within themselves.
If you’re someone who’s about to take the mentor’s role for the first time in their career, we offer training, materials and support to get you started!
HOW OFTEN IS THE PROGRAM ORGANIZED?
We currently organize the program once a year, starting in Q1 of each year.
WHERE IS THE PROGRAM ORGANIZED?
The program is currently organized as fully virtual.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Signup for 2022 Mentorship Program is closed. We will return with a new program in 2023. When the next round is open for sign-ups the link is distributed in our Facebook group, a WiGFi newsletter and other SoMe channels, so do follow those.
WHO CAN JOIN AS A MENTEE?
Mentorship opportunity is available for all official members of We in Games Finland ry.
You can apply to become a member at weingames.fi/membership.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
The program is free. Participating mentees do have to be official members of We in Games Finland to participate. The membership fee is 10 euros a year.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER AS A MENTOR?
Our only requirements for mentors are that you work in the game industry and can volunteer your time with a mentee for at least 3 mentorship sessions. You don’t have to be an official member of We in Games Finland ry to volunteer your time with us.
I’M QUITE BUSY, BUT STILL INTERESTED TO VOLUNTEER AS A MENTOR. HOW MUCH TIME ARE MENTORS EXPECTED TO DEDICATE TO THE MENTORSHIP?
Mentoring is a valuable way to invest your time, and we’re trying to build the program so it is possible to mentor even if you have a busy life! The minimum time dedication from all mentors is 4 mentorship sessions between March and August, usually running between 45-60 minutes per session. You can also offer your time for one-time mentoring only if committing to 4 sessions with one mentee doesn’t suit your situation.
In addition to the one-to-one sessions, mentors have the option to participate in one 2-hour Mentor Training, official Kick-off and Wrap-up, group sessions, hangouts and migles during the program.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD MENTEES DEDICATE?
Mentees will dedicate time for the mentorship sessions, but also for working towards their goals between the sessions.
A mentor will support and empower you to fulfil your potential, but you are the person who ultimately does the work. The benefits of mentorship depend on the amount of time you are able to dedicate to thinking, learning, researching, experimenting or working between the sessions. If it feels difficult to do that, or you feel stuck, don’t worry, it happens to everyone! The mentors receive training and materials to help get mentees unstuck, so you can dedicate a session to that.
HOW ARE THE PROGRAMME’S PARTICIPANTS CHOSEN?
Everyone who registers for the Program will receive an invitation to the kick-off event. After the kick-off event, organizers will go through everyone who registered and make the mentor-mentee matches.
Each mentor will be paired with one mentee, so the number of participants on each round depends entirely on the number of registrations and the number of matches we are able to make. If there are mentees who are left without a mentor, we will attempt to recruit a mentor from the WiGFi community, but a pairing is not guaranteed.
HOW ARE MENTORS AND MENTEES PAIRED?
Mentor-mentee pairings are done after the kick-off event by the Mentorship Program organizers. We review and match mentors with mentees based on preferences, skills and expectations. To make the matches, we will use the information from two sources:
- The answers from the Sign-up form
- Mentor/mentee Wish list form, an optional form for the Kick-off event participants
HOW DOES THE ONE-TO-ONE MENTORSHIP WORK?
After organizers have made the mentor-mentee matches, introduction emails are sent to the matched participants. The mentor and mentee will take it from there, agree to the schedules of their sessions, boundaries of mentorship (i.e. is it OK to ask for advice/send messages between sessions, which topics are OK) etc. In the first session, pairs are expected to figure out these rules and boundaries by filling out the Mentorship Agreement and discussing the prompts presented in it.
Participants will gain access to Mentorship resources. Resources for mentees include self-assessment materials, a learning journal, worksheets, and a mentorship session checklist. Materials for mentors include powerful questions and discussion prompt, goal setting materials and a session note template. The resources can be used as supporting materials to structure the mentorship if desired.
The sessions are confidential between the parties, and the organizers won’t ask of any reports or summaries of the session topics. The organizers will occasionally send out surveys asking about the mentorship experience and learnings, but won’t inquire any details about the mentorship topics themselves.
If there’s any breach of trust, Mentorship Agreement or the WiGFi Code of Conduct, please contact email@example.com.
WHAT IF I’VE BEEN MATCHED WITH A MENTOR OR MENTEE, BUT I DON’T LIKE THE MATCHING?
It can happen. Just contact us and we’ll figure something out!
WRAPPING UP THE MENTORSHIP
The Mentorship Program rounds end with a wrap-up session in August.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMME?
You can follow the We in Gamed Finland Facebook page for news and updates.
For direct inquiries, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Program is lead by community volunteer Salla Hiiskoski, with the help of WiGFi Board Members Essi Jukkala and Tarja Porkka-Kontturi.