Mentorship Program

Program Overview

Our small-group mentorship program is designed to help students establish meaningful connections to other practitioners within their field. We aim to connect resourceful, talented, and supportive professionals (including Prime alumni!) with Prime students in order to share multiple experiences and perspectives in an inclusive community-based setting.

Overall, we expect both mentors and mentees to: 

  • Model Prime values
  • Share experiences and respect diversity of perspectives
  • Seek to understand & actively listen
  • Comfortable, professional, and balanced communication 

More about these and additional tips for a positive mentorship program experience will be shared during the kick-off meeting. 

"I've been a mentor for all cohorts since summer 2020 and I absolutely love getting to work with these students. Their passion, curiosity and talent is very motivating and helps me stay on top of my practice as a product designer."

-Hanorah V., Postlight

Timing & Expectations

Mentors and mentees are expected to meet in their small groups regularly during the students' program experience. The recommended meeting cadence varies slightly depending on the type of length of the program. Each meeting is expected to last about one hour.

A list of recommended meeting topics as well as strategies for staying connected will be shared following the kick-off meeting.

Full-Stack Engineering 

Prime has two enrollment options for full-stack engineering students, which affects the duration (but not the overall time commitment) for mentorship.

  • Full-time: Mentor groups meet every other week for 14 weeks
  • Part-time: Mentor groups meet every 3 weeks for 25 weeks

User Experience

Our User Experience program mentors are asked to do three extra engagements outside of bi-weekly meetings. These will be facilitated by the Program Director and will take about 2-3 hours of your time.

  • Mentor groups meet every other week for 12 weeks
  • Mentors are also asked to participate in two remote portfolio reviews and a remote project critique - dates and times be arranged by the Program Director. Please watch your email for details.
Upcoming Engineering Cohorts

Phrygian (July - December, Part-time)

  • Kickoff Meeting (60 Minute Zoom): 7/20, 5:30

Mitchison (July - October, Full-time)

  • Kickoff Meeting (60 Minute Zoom): 7/21, 5:30
Upcoming UX Cohorts

Gridley (September - December)

  • Kickoff Meeting (60 Minute Zoom): 9/21, 5:30

Meeting Focus areas

The following topics are recommended for each meeting.

  • Tell us about a typical day for a developer/designer at your company.
  • Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
  • What has been your favorite part of being a Software Engineer/UX Designer?
  • What has been the most challenging part of being an Engineer/UXer?
  • Where do you find the most meaning in your work?
  • What are your professional strengths and areas of improvement? Have they changed over time?
  • What does professional development look like at your company? 
  • When did you land your first job after graduating (if Prime or Bootcamp Alum)?
  • What would you say was the biggest challenge and lesson learned from your first job?
  • If you could go back in time to give yourself advice during the first three months of your first job, what would you tell yourself?
  • ​Did your first job help you identify what you like about a company/ team/supervisor? If so, what did you learn?
  • What can you tell us about your workplace culture?
  • What incentives/perks/benefits does your workplace provide that you find particularly valuable?
  • What things do you look for in a company when you look/have looked for a job?
  • What did onboarding look like for your current role?
  • What do people on your team do for lunch every day? Do they celebrate birthdays or milestones?

 

  • Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. How did you handle interactions with that person?
  • Describe the best partner or supervisor with whom you’ve worked. What part of their managing style appealed to you?
  • How do you help unfamiliar users navigate a complex system and stakeholders to understand an outsider’s position?  
  • How do you make the impersonal personal by articulating the interests of a group and helping decision-makers to see them as people rather than numbers?

 

  • What general advice do you have on ​job searching? 
  • What does networking look like to you? What do you do? What does it mean to you?
  • What was the best piece of advice you've received on job searching/networking?
  • ​What networking opportunities have you found particularly useful? 
  • ​What has been your best strategy or approach for striking up a conversation with people at networking events/meet-ups etc/virtually?​
  • ​When looking for a job, what is your strategy for staying organized, focused and motivated? 
  • Have any of you worked with a recruiter? If so, what have been your experiences? What are recruiters looking for?
  • ​What did the interview process look like for your current job?
  • What did you do to prepare for your interview, and what do you recommend?
  • Did you have a technical component to your interview? Can you tell us more about what that was like?
  • ​What interview questions do you recommend asking during an interview? 
  • What was the most challenging part of interviewing for you? ​What was challenging about it?
  • Who typically interviews candidates for jobs?

Sign-up & Next steps

Interested? Simply sign up to let us know a little more about yourself, including which program and which cohort(s) you are interested in mentoring! We'll send a calendar invite for the kick-off meeting and more details closer to the date!