Mentorship blog

How to Use Philosophy in Software Engineering, Career Story with Xuan Wang
August 17, 2021

How to Use Philosophy in Software Engineering, Career Story with Xuan Wang

Meet Xuan Wang, mentee and mentor at OneUpOneDown and Software Engineer at a health tech company in the UK. Xuan started her career as a philosophy teacher, but after 7 years in the industry, she...

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Faster matching, new product updates.
July 26, 2021

Faster matching, new product updates.

We have some exciting product updates to share with you. We now have 400+ women signed up to be matched, from over 20 countries, which is incredibly exciting. To date, we have been making almost all...

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Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, Career Story with Laura Bull
June 25, 2021

Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, Career Story with Laura Bull

Meet Laura Bull, mentee and mentor at OneUpOneDown and Digital Marketing Manager at an eco-conscious company in the UK. Laura started her career a little bit unsure of what she wanted to do for a...

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Creating a Culture of Accountability with Your Mentee
June 11, 2021

Creating a Culture of Accountability with Your Mentee

One of the challenges of being a mentor is knowing how to best guide your mentee towards the goals they have set for themselves. Becoming comfortable with holding people accountable is a beneficial skill for...

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Top 3 Productivity Tips for Women – Part 2
June 4, 2021

Top 3 Productivity Tips for Women – Part 2

What does being productive mean for you?  Maybe it has to do with getting more things done in a day. Or it is connected to figuring out ways to be more efficient in your work...

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Opening Up a Dialogue About Motherhood
May 9, 2021

Opening Up a Dialogue About Motherhood

We asked the OneUpOneDown community about their experiences surrounding motherhood and how it had impacted their career choices.

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Building Things that Impact Millions, Career Story with Vicky Sagia
April 16, 2021

Building Things that Impact Millions, Career Story with Vicky Sagia

Meet Vicky Sagia, mentor & mentee at OneUpOneDown and Senior Program Manager at Oracle. Vicky’s career began in engineering, designing cities and infrastructure and transitioned into product management for software companies. This happened largely by...

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Top 3 tips for women wanting to improve their productivity
April 8, 2021

Top 3 tips for women wanting to improve their productivity

Living your life on an endless to-do list? Not feeling like you are ever really getting on top of things? Moving slower than you’d like towards your big plans and goals? Welcome to the club!...

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How can I create more structure and accountability in my mentorship relationship?
March 25, 2021

How can I create more structure and accountability in my mentorship relationship?

This blog provides a tool for mentors and mentees to create more structure and check-ins within their relationship if this is something the mentor and mentee want to incorporate. OneUpOneDown mentor matches are three months...

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The benefits of being an OneUpOneDown mentor
March 15, 2021

The benefits of being an OneUpOneDown mentor

One of the surprising realizations we've had since starting OneUpOneDown is that the experience of being a mentor is as valuable as being a mentee. Most people think that mentorship is primarily for the benefit...

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A step-by-step guide on: how to complete your OneUpOneDown profile
March 9, 2021

A step-by-step guide on: how to complete your OneUpOneDown profile

The following steps will quickly show you what you need to complete in order to get matched. When the 3 steps are completed you are ready to go and we will match you as soon...

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Career Stories: Rebecca Caroe – Following the Squiggly Line to Find Work You Love
February 17, 2021

Career Stories: Rebecca Caroe – Following the Squiggly Line to Find Work You Love

Rebecca Caroe is a strategic marketing and the voice behind ‘Creative Agency Secrets’, a company focused on Business to Business marketing and effective copywriting. After being made redundant three times in one year during a...

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Maintaining a Growth Mindset through Mentorship
February 9, 2021

Maintaining a Growth Mindset through Mentorship

One of the values OneUpOneDown is built on is lifelong learning. That is, to never assume you know, or should know, all the answers and instead seek opportunities to learn and improve. This underlying belief...

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Career Story: Swathi Suman, From Architect to Startup Founder
January 27, 2021

Career Story: Swathi Suman, From Architect to Startup Founder

Meet Swathi Suman, a former architect and current founder of an agriculture startup based in the Netherlands. She joined OneUpOneDown to be connected with other entrepreneurial women, to gain and share a different perspective on...

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The Observer vs. the Reactor. Which is your default state?
December 24, 2020

The Observer vs. the Reactor. Which is your default state?

We all have emotions, no matter who we are or how well we have trained ourselves to manage them. They come and go, all the time. What sets people apart is their ability to understand...

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OneUpOneDown launches new web app for mentors and mentees
December 15, 2020

OneUpOneDown launches new web app for mentors and mentees

We're excited to announce the launch of our new web app! 🎊 Now mentors and mentees can create their profiles, update and prioritise the tags that describe the experience they have or want to gain...

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How to make journaling a regular practice
November 16, 2020

How to make journaling a regular practice

In our previous article, we discussed how to build a habit of journaling but we didn’t go much into detail about the actual process of journaling. In this article, Dzhuliana Nikolova, Co-Founder & CTO of...

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Building the habit of journaling – a tool for mentees
November 8, 2020

Building the habit of journaling – a tool for mentees

Being in tune with how you feel and the challenges you're grappling with will help you to get the most out of your relationship with your mentor. It will help you to bring the real...

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Improving your ability to speak to how you feel – a guide for mentees
October 21, 2020

Improving your ability to speak to how you feel – a guide for mentees

Conversations with your mentor will become richer and more meaningful when you say what you mean, rather than what you think you should say. Speaking openly and honestly is a practice that you can develop...

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The Dance of the Mentor and Mentee
October 8, 2020

The Dance of the Mentor and Mentee

Our mission at OneUpOneDown is to help women develop themselves through mentorship. This development comes directly from the support and advice shared by a mentor and, as importantly, from the experience that showing up as...

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Career Story: Paula Nightingale, from Art Buyer to Tech Startup Founder to Business Coach
September 15, 2020

Career Story: Paula Nightingale, from Art Buyer to Tech Startup Founder to Business Coach

From an agent/producer/art buyer for commercial photographers and illustrators to building a tech start-up from just an idea to an exit, and other impactful roles since, Paula Nightingale’s career story is wide-spanning and diverse. It’s...

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Essence Management & Image Management in Mentorship
September 2, 2020

Essence Management & Image Management in Mentorship

We were fortunate to have Cathy Scharetg, VP of Operations at Intero Real Estate, Director of Women Wise & Worthy and valued OneUpOneDown mentor, run a webinar on the topic ‘ The Essence of Connection’. ...

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Career Stories: Kathryn George, Upskilling to Stay Relevant in a Transforming Media Industry
August 16, 2020

Career Stories: Kathryn George, Upskilling to Stay Relevant in a Transforming Media Industry

Meet Kathryn George, Digital & Motion Designer at Stuff Media, New Zealand's largest and most popular news media company, and a mentor through OneUpOneDown. Kathryn spent a large part of her career working in print...

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Career Stories: Anna Resnick, from Software Developer to Mindset Coach
July 16, 2020

Career Stories: Anna Resnick, from Software Developer to Mindset Coach

Anna took a brave leap out of a career in software and product development to pursue the work most meaningful for her. She realised that, despite having a good job title and the lifestyle she...

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Completing Your Three-Month Mentoring Match
July 7, 2020

Completing Your Three-Month Mentoring Match

Each mentor-mentee match made through OneUpOneDown lasts 3-months. This is to promote rapid learning and development and to keep each relationship fresh, focused and engaging. Once the three-months is over, mentors and mentees can be...

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Career Stories: Marisa Sires, mentor, and VP of Product and Innovation
June 3, 2020

Career Stories: Marisa Sires, mentor, and VP of Product and Innovation

Marisa Sires was most recently the Vice President of Product and Innovation at agile workspace company Hana. She’s also a OneUpOneDown mentor, and a great one at that! Marisa jumped into the startup world feet first...

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Burn-out: a cost of startup ambition
May 25, 2020

Burn-out: a cost of startup ambition

Burn-out is more common than you might think. It’s particularly prominents in startups, whether they’re Silicon Valley or Auckland based. OneUpOneDown mentor and mentee, Dil Khosa, found this out first hand when she hit ‘the...

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Career Stories: Tania Hack, mentor, and Marketing + Communications Consultant
May 20, 2020

Career Stories: Tania Hack, mentor, and Marketing + Communications Consultant

Tania is a New Zealand based Marketing and Communications consultant who is passionate about the environment, staying fit and healthy, and giving back. Having realised her passion for marketing while completing a business degree at...

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Career Stories: Tash Pieterse, Internationally Certified Career & Life Coach
May 12, 2020

Career Stories: Tash Pieterse, Internationally Certified Career & Life Coach

Tash Pieterse is an Internationally Certified Career & Life Coach working with ambitious professionals and new leaders to thrive in their career and life. She is a valued member of our community, and has a...

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We’re all in the same storm but not in the same boat
April 30, 2020

We’re all in the same storm but not in the same boat

Elle Bell, OneUpOneDown mentor and Managing Director at SpacetoCo reflects on how people have experienced lockdown, and how we navigate going forward, together.

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How to mindfully market your business during a crisis
April 21, 2020

How to mindfully market your business during a crisis

5 quick-fire tips for marketing during covid-19 The world has faced and come out the other side of virus outbreaks, world wars and natural disasters, but Covid-19 is different. It’s the first of its kind...

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Meet Kelly Johnson; Mentee and Founder of Her Energy
April 14, 2020

Meet Kelly Johnson; Mentee and Founder of Her Energy

After graduating from university, Kelly knew she wanted to work in the social enterprise space and to experience the challenge of starting her own business. She formed her company Her Energy in November 2019 with...

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The benefits of being a mentor
March 1, 2020

The benefits of being a mentor

Most people think that mentees are the only ones who gain value from mentorship, but you’d be surprised at how much the mentor can gain too. Not only do mentors get the joy of seeing...

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Meet our new technical co-founder, Dzhuliana Nikolova
February 6, 2020

Meet our new technical co-founder, Dzhuliana Nikolova

It’s been a busy few months over in our camp, as we wrapped up our first round of mentorship, ran our first few events and started our hunt for a technical co-founder. We’re learning and...

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How to be a great communicator
January 6, 2020

How to be a great communicator

Improving communication is a common area that women who have signed up to OneUpOneDown are looking for support with through mentorship, and honestly, we're not surprised! Effective communication skills are important for self-esteem and self-actualisation,...

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How to create a 90 day plan
September 2, 2019

How to create a 90 day plan

When you sign up to OneUpOneDown you will be matched with a mentor and/or a mentee for 3 months. Creating a 90 day plan together is a useful way to get thoughts out of your...

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Getting prepared for your first meeting with your mentor
August 11, 2019

Getting prepared for your first meeting with your mentor

Are you feeling a bit nervous about meeting your mentor for the first time and a little unsure what to expect? We hear you, your first meeting can be a little daunting. But with a...

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Getting prepared for your first meeting with your mentee
August 9, 2019

Getting prepared for your first meeting with your mentee

A RESOURCE FOR MENTORS So you’ve been matched with a mentee and you’ve got your first session coming up. You haven’t been a mentor before and you’re a little nervous about how to manage this...

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How to be an effective mentor
March 21, 2019

How to be an effective mentor

A big part of our mission at One Up One Down is to teach more people to become effective mentors. Mentorship is not only a way to give back to others, it is also a...

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