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Cross-Industry Mentorship Program

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As technology changes and new industries change faster than ever, for those looking to break into a new industry or looking to switch industries– the barrier to change is huge. You don’t know what you don’t know, and you don’t know who you don’t know. Industries can be extremely siloed, and you may not even know someone in the industry you’re looking to enter. 

My idea is to start a cross-industry mentorship program where people indicate their current industry and future industries they are looking to explore. In order to incentivize mentorship, people must first mentor others who are looking to enter their industry before they receive mentorship in the industry they are looking to explore. Because of this balance, people will be able to share their individual industry expertise while also connecting with others from other industries. 

What do you think of my idea? Is this something you would use or something you could see a friend being interested in?

7 Comments

  1. I support this idea. I previously worked as an anthropologist and now lead research in tech. Though much of my practice and methodology remains consistent, there were nuances in transitioning industries that I learned over time. I know myself and other leaders look for enriching opportunities to mentor others, so I would advise you to get a few leaders in each industry on board with your idea and then use that initial group to build out your first community. I am happy to help advise as you get started, and you can feel welcome to reach out to me. Best of luck with your idea.

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  2. I love this idea, and I would definitely participate! I would also encourage the idea of recommending matches for people? E.g., you two both went to the same university, so you’re matched to chat. I think that would reduce the barrier to connecting and the awkwardness of talking with a stranger.

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  3. Nice idea. There’s so much of a focus now on educational degrees to the point where I feel like our population is over-educated…

    What really makes workplaces work are the relationships between people. It’s nice that your idea focuses on that and now getting more degrees and certificates.

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  4. I love this! It’s so hard to find people out there who are doing things you want to do without meeting by pure chance. I’m not sure you mentioned: would this be in person or online? I’d really like something in person or online with an in person part to it, just because it’s so hard to really get to know someone behind a screen, and I feel like I’m just better in person!

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