Participants in the second “Girls in Tech” gathering have attended an interactive workshop on mentoring and social intelligence. A mentoring relationship is about establishing a genuine connection between a person with knowledge and experience who wants to share it with a less experienced person.
For both sides to get the most out of a mentoring relationship, it is essential to understand the roles played by both parties, which was the central topic of today’s gathering.
Participants started by creatively characterizing their ideal mentor or mentee, following which they presented their solution to the rest of the group. The basis of the training was the set of traits participants came up with. Snezana Isakovic, trainer and facilitator at Gi Group, then addressed participants on how to get the most out of the mentoring relationship.
“According to the 70-20-10 Learning and Development Model, individuals acquire 70% of their knowledge through experience, 20% by interacting and talking with other people, and only 10% through formal education,” said Isakovic, explaining that not only mentees, but also mentors themselves, have the ability to acquire knowledge from all three categories.
Mentees will spend at least 120 working hours in the company of their mentors, during which time they will get acquainted with the companies’ business processes and general way of doing business. The goal of mentoring and working together is to transfer knowledge and experience in the field of IT, while the focus will be on the common task received by each team. A solution to the task will be presented at the program’s closing ceremony.