Professional Development Topics ➜ Industry-related Tools & Techniques

Title & Content Type Due Date
Pre-meeting Assignment

Keep a 2-day journal of the tools and technologies you use in your various roles as a student and on the job (if currently employed). How do they help you manage and perform your work? How do they help you communicate and collaborate with others?

Identify 1-2 goals you aim to accomplish through this mentoring engagement.

Pre Meeting After -2 Days
Meeting One - Conversation Starters
  • What technologies do you use in your everyday work roles? How do they help you do your work? 
  • What’s a good methodology or tool for managing team-based work projects and commitments?
  • What are your preferred methods or techniques for evaluating the pros and cons of a strategy or course of action?
  • How do you learn to use new tools and technologies? What are some tips for getting comfortable using new tools?
  • What tools and techniques are emerging? What are the “must-haves” in the toolkits of those entering the field?
Event After 0 Days

Learn about mind-mapping as a technique for organizing complex information and their relationships.  Search Google Images to find examples of how others have used mind mapping to visualize and analyze information.

Use your creative and analytical skills to begin drafting a mind-map or other type of graphic displaying what you have learned about the types of tools and techniques in use or emerging in your field.

Submission Required After 11 Days
Meeting Two - Conversation Starters
  • What does your mind map reveal about the tools and technologies in the industry?
  • What questions do you have based upon the mind map you’ve created?
  • What kinds of hands-on, real-world experiences (internships, field observations) would likely provide good opportunities to learn more about these tools/techniques? 
  • What one or two techniques or tools would you like to gain proficiency, and why?
  • What are some suggested next steps for doing so?
Event After 13 Days
Final Deliverable

Showcase what you have learned by adding levels, relationships, and details to your mind-map! Once finalized, upload in PDF or JPEG to share with your mentor.

Submission Required After 18 Days
Meeting Three - Conversation Starters
  • What feedback can you the Mentor offer on the Final Deliverable?
  • What questions do you the Mentee have for the Mentor?
  • What are the next steps in continuing to develop the knowledge, skills, strategies, etc. you’ve been working on?
Event After 20 Days
Post-Engagement Survey

Mentors and Mentees please use the following link to complete the Post-Engagement Survey

Evaluation After 21 Days