Definitions and acronyms

Mentoring is a relationship that leads to insight, decisions, planning and action.  It is used for both professional and personal development.  It strengthens knowledge and skills and builds capability.

Mentor — someone who guides and stimulates an individual's reflection and actions for improved personal and professional outcomes.

Mentoree — someone who wants to develop her knowledge and skills in a particular area. A mentoree is the driver of the mentoring relationship.

STEM — Science, Techology, Engineering and Mathematics

Supporter — someone who is interested in contributing to the mentoring program in a more ad hoc fashion. It is likely that they cannot make a regular commitment but may be happy to provide resources, be available for one -off discussions, contribute to a careers forum etc.

WSTEM — Woman in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Helpful links

Government of South Australia's Mentoring, Groups and Networking for women in STEM
A terrific initiative of a government being proactive through their Office for Women. The site has some great resources related to Women in STEM.

Million Women Mentors (MWM)
MWM supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers.  Mentoring on a grand scale - coming out of the USA.

Bookend Trust
Find out more about careers in the sciences. These interviews with working scientists will give you an idea of how a STEM-based education can be applied to a broad range of contexts.