What It Means to be a Mentor

Samsung Turkey is executing the third iteration of the Innovation Campus program in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Middle East Technical University (METU), and the Turkish Informatics Foundation.

In line with Samsung’s global corporate citizenship vision, Samsung Innovation Campus (SIC) aims to enable the next-generation labor force to work with future-shaping technologies, provide young people with the technical skills they need to thrive in and lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution and accelerate Turkey’s digital transformation. Participants also learn how to apply problem-solving skills to real-life challenges.

Participants are receiving mentoring from Samsung Employees and UNDP experts. Senior human resource specialists provide training in the life skills needed for professional success. Mentors and role models from the technology sector share their experiences with program participants. Find out more about Samsung Innovation Campus mentors.

Beril Caliskan Karadeniz, Professional, Product Management

I participated in SIC as a mentor because I think that the program aims to provide personal and professional development. Also, at a time when we are all struggling to make decisions about the future, I wanted to voluntarily support bright students to achieve their dreams. Indeed, as I expected, my mentees have a very high desire to learn, which made it even more rewarding to create opportunities for them to learn about corporate life in areas they are curious about and guide their development.

I consider SIC as a personal development opportunity that meets individual needs. I have already started to receive an action plan with the results of the leading cases in the mentorship training I attended. At the same time, it provided an opportunity to connect with my colleagues from different departments.

Volkan Karayel, Manager, Call Center Operation

After the HR team announced this program, I got very excited. I thought that this is an opportunity to share our experiences with people who have immense potential in this new era. It is an opportunity to touch people’s lives professionally. At the same time, it is a great chance to learn from them.

The biggest motivation for me is that this is a program where I can support young talent with my experiences. When we do the same things in our daily life, we assume that they are not special so we don't share them. However, they matter for people who are at the beginning of their career paths, so do not hesitate to join this program. You will also discover yourself as you support your mentee.

Emre Makara, Manager, CS Field Operation

Good mentors have the willingness to share what they know, actively listen, and express empathy and understanding. With our support, our mentees can stay focused on their careers, gain confidence, reach their goals, expand their networks, and achieve their self-discovery. For me, being a mentor is an important development and learning experience. Teaching others is the best way to learn about ourselves, and in that process, mentors can become more competent as leaders.

Ayhan Aksu, CS Customer Relations Management Manager, Call Center Operation

After the announcement of the mentoring program in SETK, I decided to join the program and forwarded my participation request. Mentoring provides an opportunity to transfer all my knowledge and experiences, as well as improve my competencies in guiding a young student. I found this to be an opportunity to understand the conceptual thinking and analytical assessment capabilities of an electronic engineer. Ultimately, this gave me an idea of what to do in the next steps for my own personal development.

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