The EMiC Network is currently conducting a pilot mentoring program for the first time this year. Last year, the EMiC Network underwent a pilot phase, during which the concept of a mentoring program was tested, and it received a significant level of interest. The objective of this mentoring program is to offer assistance to individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of cybersecurity. This is accomplished by connecting them with industry professionals who can provide guidance and support.
- Call for mentors
- Call for mentees
- Matching of mentor/mentee after evaluation of applications.
- The program will run from September 2023 to September 2024.
Criteria to become a Mentor :
- Minimum Experience: A mentor in the cyber sector is generally expected to have a minimum of 2 years of experience working in the field at a senior level. This experience provides the mentor with the necessary knowledge, skills, and insights to guide and advise mentees effectively
- Equivalent Experience: In some cases, individuals who have not held senior positions in the cyber sector but have extensive experience working closely with small businesses in a cybersecurity capacity may also be considered as mentors. This recognizes that practical experience and expertise gained from closely supporting small businesses can be valuable in mentoring others.
- Cybersecurity Expertise: Mentors should possess a strong understanding of cybersecurity principles, practices, and industry trends. This expertise enables them to provide accurate and up-to-date guidance to mentees, helping them navigate the challenges and opportunities in the cyber sector.
- Communication Skills: Effective communication is crucial for mentors to convey information, provide guidance, and establish a supportive relationship with their mentees. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including active listening and clear articulation of ideas, are essential qualities for a mentor to possess.
- Patience and Empathy: Mentoring involves supporting and guiding individuals through their professional journey. A mentor should demonstrate patience, understanding, and empathy towards their mentees, recognizing their unique challenges, and providing the necessary encouragement and motivation to help them succeed.
- Commitment and Availability: Being a mentor requires a commitment of time and availability to engage with mentees. Mentors should be willing to allocate regular time slots for meetings, provide timely feedback, and be responsive to mentees’ needs and inquiries.
Criteria to become a Mentee :
- Eagerness to learn: A mentee should possess a genuine desire and motivation to learn and grow in the field of cybersecurity. This includes being open to acquiring new knowledge, exploring different aspects of the industry, and embracing opportunities for skill development.
- Clear Goals and Objectives: It is helpful for a mentee to have a clear understanding of their goals and objectives in the cybersecurity field. Identifying specific areas of interest or desired career paths can guide the mentor in providing targeted guidance and support.
- Proactive Approach: Taking initiative and being proactive are important qualities for a mentee. This includes actively seeking opportunities for learning and development, asking relevant questions, and seeking guidance and feedback from the mentor.
- Commitment and Time Management: Being a mentee requires a commitment to the mentoring relationship and investing time and effort into the process. Demonstrating good time management skills ensures that the mentee can make the most of their interactions with the mentor and utilize the guidance and resources provided effectively.
- Openness to Feedback: A mentee should be receptive to feedback and willing to incorporate suggestions and recommendations into their professional development. Constructive criticism and guidance from the mentor can help the mentee improve their skills, overcome challenges, and achieve their goals.