Wake Invests in Women Career Guides Mentorship Program

The Wake Invests in Women (WIIW) Career Guides Mentorship Program creates opportunities for students to enhance their leadership development and jump-start their careers by connecting them with an experienced professionals for one-on-one mentoring. Career Guides will help enhance their mentees' professional relationships and develop key career competencies:

  • Develop and maintain a professional mentoring relationship
  • Enhance leadership skills through career development opportunities
  • Practice skills at the WIIW Networking Event

Wake Tech students: Gain a career advantage

Are you looking to build your professional network and enhance your leadership development? Join the Wake Invests in Women Career Guides Mentorship Program and connect with career professionals in Wake County and Triangle region. This program is open to all students, with a focus on female-identified and gender-non-conforming students and Black/Latina women at Wake Tech.


Participants should complete the reflection form after each one-on-one mentor meeting and after completing their professional development experience. WIIW staff will track engagement to ensure participants are able to receive the completion incentive at the end of the semester. Questions? Contact WIIW Program Coordinator Sandra Dubose.

Wake County professionals: Become a WIIW Career Guide mentor

We are looking for career professionals of all genders and experience levels with an interest in coaching and mentoring Wake Tech students, with a focus on historically underserved populations. As a Career Guide, you have the opportunity to support and empower your student mentees and help them reach their professional goals.

Career Guides will do the following:

  • Demonstrate qualities successful leaders possess
  • Help their student(s) set and make progress on actionable career goals
  • Offer perspective, advice and constructive feedback
  • Provide opportunities for student(s) to increase skills in key career competencies
  • Connect students with your professional network

Student participation details

Program requirements

  • Participate in Career Guides Program orientation (August or September)
  • Meet one-on-one with your Career Guide monthly (September, October, November)
    • Meetings can be in person or virtual
    • Once a month is the minimum, but more contact is encouraged
  • Participate in at least one professional development opportunity over the course of the semester, such as the following:
    • Discussion sessions hosted by WIIW
    • Career Services programs
    • WIIW Networking Event (November)

Student eligibility

  • Participants must be currently enrolled in a Wake Tech program
  • No GPA requirement
  • Previous leadership experience not required

Benefits of completion

  • Receive WIIW swag at end of semester
  • Receive Certificate of Completion (and wording for resumes and cover letters)

Mentor requirements

Time commitment

Approximately five to 10 hours over the course of the Fall 2022 semester (August-November)

Participation expectations

  • Participate in Career Guide mentor training (August 2022)
  • Engage regularly with assigned student(s) one-on-one in person or via Microsoft Teams. One meeting monthly at minimum, but more engagement is encouraged.
    • One-on-one discussion guides provided
    • Topics include Communication and Networking, Self-Confidence and Resilience and Actionable Goal Setting
  • Participate in the WIIW Networking session (November 2022)
    • Provides students an opportunity to practice what they have learned

Benefits of completion

  • Receive WIIW swag at end of semester
  • Receive Certificate of Appreciation