Echo – Mentoring Program Pilot
September 2021 – October 2022, Romania, Mexico, USA
With ECHO, we digitally connect mentors and mentees to provide accessible, safe, and thorough remote education. This mentoring program is created for young people, age between 16-24, looking to better understand the game development industry and start their first steps towards a job or a career.
The Pilot. We wanted to better understand if high school students are interested in learning and developing the necessary skills for working in the game development industry.
First, we establish The Design of mentoring program: what fields of study are we going to have? what type of mentoring is better suited (formal, informal or something in between)? How and where will the mentoring partners meet? And a lot of other spicy questions we needed to tackle. But answering them and creating the proper structure went quite smooth as we had the help of industry professionals and the experience from other mentoring programs:
⦁ The mentoring program started in February, connecting 11 game dev mentors to high school students (age 15-18).
⦁ Both mentors & mentees went through an onboarding process.
⦁ Each mentor created his personalised curriculum.
⦁ The disciplines (studying fields): Game Production, Game Design, Game Art, Quality Assurance.
⦁ During the program, feedback was gathered from feedback surveys and 1:1 meetings between Arden representatives, mentors and mentees.
⦁ 3 mentees have successfully finish the program and one of them developed his first game in Unity.
Although the Pilot was estimated to last between 6 to 8 months (depending on the field), one mentoring relationship has already been successfully completed after 3 months, according to his mentor: “The mentee was very involved, he took part in all of our meetings, always completed his assignments and was very eager to learn”