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MentorMe Cisco

Mentoring Female University Students

MentorMe Program

Hi, and a warm welcome to MentorMe Program 2017! We’re pleased you’ve joined us as a Cisco mentee. We encourage you throughout this program to learn more about Cisco, the IT industry, build your personal brand and walk away with a great experience! We also strongly encourage you to ask lots of questions – we love questions and big ideas!

The MentorMe Program at Cisco is comprised of one-on-one mentoring and weekly group sessions. You can start meeting with one-on-one with your mentor as soon as you have been paired with them. The group sessions run from July to October, Thursday 10am-12pm at your local Cisco Office. Please ensure you are available to participate in these sessions.

See what our past participants say about the program

I'm enjoying the fact that I'm being exposed to IT (I study mechanical engineering). The exposure has made me realise that my skills are transferable to industries that I never thought I'd work in. My mentor is very friendly and willing to help. There is nothing I would change or improve on!

I have also felt more motivated around my career choices with his assistance and guidance

The program has a great cause and I feel that it does inspire more females to join the STEM industry.

I love how my mentor is supporting me

I enjoy being able to connect on a personal level and interact about various issues, both work related and personal life related.

The program that you guy do overall I think is great – a wide variety and really keeps the Mentees in engaged.

Mentorship Success

Clear Objectives

Document your goals with your mentor and align your activities to meet them

Be Open

The impression you have today may change

Be Curious

Identify questions you can ask each of the guest speakers


Everyone you meet during this program is part of your network

Goal Setting

Set Your Goals

Setting goals is an important method of deciding what you want to achieve in your life, to motivate yourself and give yourself direction. It’s important that you set SMART goals for your mentoring practice and clearly communicate those to your Mentor. Use the guide below to set SMART goals for your MentorMe practice.


What do you want to accomplish?


How will you know when you have accomplished your goal?


How can the goal be accomplished? What is needed to accomplish this goal?


Is the goal worth working hard to accomplish? Why is this goal important?


By when will the goal be accomplished?

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Did you know?

Women comprise a mere 27% of workers in the computer science, engineering, and physics fields in some of the world’s emerging economies. Many companies report difficulty finding skilled people for technology jobs. Women represent a large, untapped resource of technology talent.

  • 1.2 million computing-related jobs will exist in the U.S. by 2022, with only enough computer degree graduates to fill 39% of them.
  • Women earn 57% of all U.S. undergraduate degrees but only 18% of undergraduate computer and information sciences degrees.
  • Only 24% of Chief Information Officer positions at Fortune 100 companies were held by women.

Cisco's Commitment to STEM

Encouraging more people to study science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is imperative for society. Today, companies can’t find enough employees with these skills to meet their needs. And, for those who possess them, STEM skills can open doors to incredible, rewarding, lifelong careers.

Cisco is committed to inspiring more people to pursue STEM education and careers. Through mentoring, IT training, and support for schools and nonprofits, we are working to increase the pipeline of STEM talent around the world.



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Clayton Christensen, The Innovator's Solution

Tomorrow starts here

Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate, and collaborate. Our technology is changing the nature of work and the way we live.

Founded in 1984, Cisco pioneered the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies. This tradition continues with the development of routing, switching, and other technologies such as application networking services, home networking, security, storage area networking, TelePresence systems, unified communications, video systems, and wireless.

As an innovator in the communications and information technology industry, Cisco and its valued partners sell Cisco hardware, software, and services to businesses of all sizes, governments, service providers, and consumers.

Cisco Workforce Breakdown

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  • 1/6 service
  • 1/6 other
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Cisco Partner Ecosystem

We help customers achieve business outcomes by realising the full value of their IT and communications investments faster, with professional and technical support services from Cisco and our partners. Cisco sells its products through partners for a variety of reasons. Essentially, by utilising the services of thousands of partners worldwide, Cisco is able to sell more products in a more efficient manner. There are different kinds of partners and distributors, and they vary greatly in size. Distributors are our largest partners, and many of them supply our smaller partners (Value-Added Resellers) with Cisco products. In one way or another, all of the partners serve as a middleman between Cisco and the end customer.

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How do I use Cisco Spark for the MentorMe program?

An invitation has been sent to everyone inviting them to the Cisco MentorMe Spark room. It is important to accept this invite as it will be used to: share photos from the MentorMe session/ Mentor 1:1s; post questions about the program; reflections on what you liked or didn't like; and updated from the MentorMe Program Coordinators.

Where will the sessions be held?

The sessions are held at the Cisco Offices in Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, North Sydney and St Leonards. Each week, a site ambassador has been assigned to meet you at reception. Please read the site ambassador PDF in Spark for the office address and list of site ambassadors.

What if I am late for a session?

If you are running late to a session, you should notify the Site Ambassador via Spark. Once you arrive at the Cisco Office, sign in at reception and ask for assistance to get to the designated MentorMe meeting room. 

What if I can't attend a session?

If you cannot make a session, notify the Site Ambassador via Spark. If you cannot make a session for more than 1 week for any reason, notify the MentorMe Coordinators by emailing Cisco_mentorme@external.cisco.com.

How do I connect with my mentor?

By now, you should have been paired with your mentor. All mentors & mentees are encouraged to contact each other before the kick-off session. The contact details have been provided via Spark on the “directory file with contact details”.

My mentor is not available, what should I do?

All our mentors are very committed to the program and have volunteered to participate. On some rare occasions, mentors may need to travel or be absent from work. However, if you have any concerns you may contact Cisco_mentorme@external.cisco.com.

How do I provide feedback on the program?

At the end of each session, there will be a survey for you to complete and provide your feedback.

For any other questions or concerns, you can contact Cisco_mentorme@external.cisco.com