Women4Cyber Mentorship Programmes
Mentorship helps career success. The Women4Cyber Mentorship programmes are designed to help women improve their skills and advance their cybersecurity careers at all levels
The 4th edition is currently ongoing and applications are closed.
The next edition will start in January 2024, and applications will open in December 2023. It will be announced here and on our social media channels. You can also register to the waiting list below.
You can register interest for the next edition here.
to career success
The Women4Cyber Mentorship programmes are designed to help women improve their skills and advance their cybersecurity careers at all levels. Mentors provide personal and professional guidance, share their experiences, and help mentees identify and achieve career goals.
Because we are all lifelong learners, Women4Cyber (W4C) opened its first Mentorship Programme in 2021 to anyone looking for help in their career development regardless of age or professional situation. The programmes have a duration of 6 months, and are held online through a mentoring platform and in English.
The programmes are carried out in collaboration with industry partners. The partnering entities provide volunteer mentors (women and men of all levels) to the W4C programme. Thanks to these companies and mentors, we were able to offer every participant the guidance they were looking for.
Since 2021, over 300 mentors coming from all around Europe and across sectors, including private, public and academia, provided personal and professional guidance to more than 500 mentees with different backgrounds and levels of expertise, sharing their experience and helping them identify and achieve their career goals.
Since I started the mentorship Programme and with the support of my mentor, I have been promoted to CISO!
Given that I will now have to manage a team, I will work with my mentor to improve my leadership and soft skills.
Mentees are be selected by the W4C Team after completing an online application process, and each mentee is assigned to a mentor based on their experience and career goals.
CALLING INDUSTRY PARTNERS:
We are looking for companies that want to do their bit to make the field of cybersecurity more diverse. Given the huge demand from mentees to get career guidance, and the incredible benefits demonstrated in previous editions, we partner with companies to ensure that we have a wide and varied pool of mentors and that these mentors have the availability to meet once per month with their mentees.
What we expect from companies: We expect companies to launch an internal call for volunteer mentors, by sharing the resources provided by W4C. Companies should allow their volunteer mentors to dedicate some time to their assigned mentees.
What we offer: The company is featured on our social media channels as a mentorship partner, showcasing the company’s efforts to attract more women to the field. The company logo is displayed on the mentorship page, and additionally, we can share vacancies, events etc. with the participants of the programme.
To partner with us, or learn more, get in touch at email@example.com or through the form below.
How do you match people?
Matchmaking is based on available candidates and areas of interest. We pair mentees with someone in a slightly removed role from theirs, who has more experience (typically between 3-5 years more experience) and has progressed their career in a similar way to the way you indent to develop your own career.
In order to work out who the right mentor is for a mentee, it is very important that mentees consider what their goals and objectives over the next 6-12 months are, and state them clearly in their profile when filling in the application.
What does this relationship look like?
You will meet regularly, at least monthly, to connect, discuss different career-related topics, update on major developments, and discuss successes, opportunities, and goals.
Share interesting events/opportunities on an ongoing basis.
Introduce your mentor/mentee to others in your network.
Share interesting articles, materials, or resources on an ongoing basis.
When will I be matched?
Matches are performed in the weeks previous to the start of the programme, and participants are informed by email. We try to find a mentor for everyone, but it ultimately depends on availability and compatibility.
Any more questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or your company would like to partner with us and join our next programme, get in touch with us at email@example.com or fill in the form below.
Now, thanks to the recent launch of the Women4Cyber Academy, participants interested will also access training resources, discounts and scholarships!
If you are a company and would like to collaborate with us, providing mentors, use the form below to contact us for more information.