SASTT Mentor / Mentee Program


Mentoring is a relationship where an experienced person guides another’s development by sharing, supporting and planning to help achieve goals. A mentor could be a coworker, supervisor, coach, etc.

A mentoring partnership is designed to be as flexible as possible in recognition of the challenges, such as geographical distance and time commitment that face our volunteers and participants.  The mentor and mentee are encouraged to discuss and establish an approach that best meets their needs.

Mentoring is not normally part of your job but if you are part of a formal mentoring program at your place of employment, you will need to send your company guidelines.

Setting goals is critical to the success of the mentoring partnership.  Goals give the partnership a distinct purpose and help organize and articulate expectations.  Well-defined goals help determine the work done together, maintain the focus of the relationship, and once accomplished, signal the achievement of what was set out.

Benefits and Responsibilities in a Mentoring Relationship

Once a mentoring partnership match has been made, mentors and mentees may connect immediately.  During their first meeting or discussion, the mentor and mentee should establish a mutually acceptable method of interaction.  SASTT staff will support the mentor and mentee during the process upon request.

Benefits for mentees:

Your mentor will be someone who has a combination of business knowledge and experience, and will provide guidance as you navigate your development within the profession.  Some of the benefits of mentorship include:

Roles and responsibilities of the mentee:

To ensure that the mentoring relationship is a positive and productive learning experience, you should:

Benefits for mentors:

Your mentee is a junior member, or an internationally trained professional looking for guidance as they enter or navigate through the profession.  Some of the benefits of mentoring include:

Roles and responsibilities of the mentor:

The mentor plays a leadership role in building the mentee’s knowledge, skills, and confidence.  To model effective practice and systematically manage the relationship, the mentor should:

How much time is involved?

Mentoring is a partnership and requires dedicated time (approximately 6 to 12 months).  A key aspect of establishing a mentor relationship is defining expectations about contact time.  Discuss how long the relationship will last and how closure will be determined.

Regular and ongoing contact is one of the most important building blocks for successful mentoring.  Agree to meet on a regular and ongoing basis and avoid cancelling appointments.  Mentoring can be face-to-face or through other means, for example Skype.



All applicants are screened and assessed by SASTT prior to acceptance into the program.  If a suitable mentor is available, the member will be matched with a technology professional in their field of interest.  All mentees must:



Any regular or retired SASTT member in good standing can apply to volunteer as a mentor.  Mentors have at least five years of experience in their field of expertise and sufficient knowledge to speak to a mentee about their industry and occupation.  SASTT mentors assist:

*SASTT members and new applicants interested in participating in the Mentor / Mentee Program should contact the SASTT office.*