WITx Learning Program

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Rethink's WITx Learning Program is a 2 week learning program for female engineering students, designed to equip them to leverage the various Women in Tech opportunities.

WITx Week 1 Email

Email shared with WITx Learners regarding Week 1 activities and submissions.

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Dear WITx Learners,

First up, let me extend a warm welcome to all of you. It is wonderful to have you all learn with us and I'm absolutely looking forward to the next two weeks :)


Program Induction

Yesterday we officially kickstarted the WITx Learning Program. We had a quick live to brief our way forward. Sharing the live for those of you who were unable to join in on the session: here

A quick summary of what we discussed in the live can also be found here: WITx Program Plan

This week's activities

This week, we focus on two themes, #discover and #connect.


#Discover

Yesterday (Oct 26), we had a quick activity around the #discover theme. Quickly summarising what you girls did:

  1. Discovered 3 opportunities each (anything that you were interested in or wished to pursue)
  2. Tweeted the links to 3 opportunities to @rethinkcollect, with hashtags #opportunity and #witx

All this in just about 15 minutes. Any clue as to how many opportunities we collectively discovered? 70 of you participated in the activity yesterday. Simple math - 70*3 = 210.

All it took to discover 210 opportunities was a bunch of us, 15 minutes and of course, some googling :)

I could tell that this activity was great for you! Special thanks to Rasmi, Farha, Archana and Elsa for coordinating this one :)


#Connect

The upcoming activity that you all have for this week is around the theme #connect.

Why #connect with people?

The importance of having peer groups in our life is huge. You need people to support you and guide you along - someone who can understand what you are saying! The importance of finding yourself coaches, mentors and influencers is also vital to your progress - someone who helps you grow and progress beyond what you thought would be possible.

In today's times, it is absolutely crucial for you to be able to recognise the people who might be able to help you, reach out to them and establish a meaningful professional relationship.

So, what are we going to do?

This week, you will figure out how to write an email to someone and connect with them.

The WIT Cohort 1 participants, as part of their #connect activity had interviewed a previous winner of an opportunity of their choice and/or a role model they look up to. These interviews can be located from the WIT Cohort 1 wiki. (Find this by googling for "WIT Cohort 1". The wiki is also linked to the WIT program website).

What we want you to do is pick an interview that you'd like to watch (can be random or based on your area of interest). Watch that interview and compile a summary blog covering your key takeaways from that interview. Then write an email to the WIT participant who conducted that interview. (Have v@r marked in cc)

In your email to the WIT participant, include two things:

  1. The link to your interview summary blog
  2. What you liked about the interview and that participant :)

Remember, this is an opportunity for you to really connect with a WIT participant. So ensure that in your email, you make a genuine attempt to connect with them. One of the key principles of connecting with people is to make them feel good. Make it personal and ensure that your email to the WIT participant does just that :)

As regards to emailing practices and how to write a good email, take a look at this blog on writing better emails: https://blog.rethinkfoundation.in/on-writing-better-emails-9779a5a07597 You may also checkout TWTWs by WIT girls for Week 4 (their connect week) to understand how they went about it.

Submissions for the week

This week, you have the following submissions to make:

  1. Link to your tweet containing 3 opportunities. (Those of you who submitted multiple tweets, share the link to just one of those)
  2. Your interview summary blog (Use medium.com for writing this blog. Create an account if you don't have one already.)
  3. Your first TWTW :) -- TWTW stands for The Week That Was. It is a summary of all that you did in a week and what you learned from your experiences. Take a look at TWTWs by WIT Cohort 1 to get an idea on how to go about it. (TWTWs in the Cohort 1 wiki and use medium.com to write your TWTW)


How to make the Submissions

As always, our submissions will happen through the Rethinkbot on Telegram.

Ping the Rethinkbot on telegram and type the following to make your submissions.

  1. /discover -- To submit link to your tweet with opportunities
  2. /connect -- To submit the link to your interview summary blog
  3. /twtw -- To submit your TWTW

We will be taking note of the email you've sent to the WIT Participant as well. If you do not have v@r marked in cc, we will consider that the activity was incomplete.

All submissions due this Sunday (Oct 28), 11:59 PM.


When you need help,

Do make use of the Telegram group to discuss with your peers and take help. Our Program Guides will also be around to help you out in the process :) On that note, get cracking! We look forward to your submissions!


WITx Program Requirements

  • Actively participate in all discussions and activities.
  • Make timely submissions to weekly activities
  • Maintain weekly TWTWs.

(TWTW stands for The Week That Was and is a summary of your learning and experiences through the week. Checkout some sample TWTWs here)

WITx Program Guidelines

All participants of Rethink's WITx Learning Program are expected to abide by the following guidelines at all points in time.

Abide by the Code of Conduct

At WIT-Rethink, we want everyone to have a safe and healthy experience. Cases of harassment and abuse will be viewed with zero tolerance.

Do read through our Learning Community Guidelines very carefully and do note that by participating in the WIT Program you agree to abide by these:

https://wiki.rethinkfoundation.in/Learning_Community_Guidelines [Learning Community Guidelines - Rethink Wiki]

Always cc v@r (volunteers@rethinkfoundation.in)

v@r is our Governance mechanism. Having v@r in the loop is a check and balance mechanism where everything we write about is made aware to only the key volunteers at Rethink.

v@r also helps everyone stay in the loop and step in wherever help is needed.

Keep communication to emails or groups (No DMs)

To get in touch with anyone at Rethink, you may use email or telegram groups only. Personal DMs or Phone calls are not encouraged.

In cases where you wish to get on a call, make the request over email and arrange an appear call instead.

Be on time

Respect everyone’s time. Be on time. Always.

In the professional world, no one waits for you. And you shouldn’t make them wait for you.

Program Guides

Our WIT Cohort 1 Applicants are now Program Guides for the WITx Learning Program. If you have a guide from your college, then she will be your go to person to clarify your queries and concerns. Students who do not have a guide from their college, can reach out to guide for the Open Track.

All your communication with your guide regarding the WITx Program is expected to be over email and v@r is also to marked mandatorily in all those conversations.

Name of Guide College Email of Guide Open House Time Open House Link
Amiya Ann Abraham CEC amiyaann@gmail.com Thu, 7-8 PM appear.in/amiyaann
Archana N NIT Calicut archana_b150103cs@nitc.ac.in Thu, 8-8:30 PM http://appear.in/arc30
Bhairavi Shah MEC shahbhairavi2008@gmail.com Thu, 8-9 PM https://zoom.us/j/5106034620
Dhanya Sreekumar TKM dhanyasreelatha@gmail.com Fri, 7-8 PM https://zoom.us/j/3837169670
Elsa Maria George MITS elsamariageorge@gmail.com Fri, 7-8 PM https://zoom.us/j/763512157
Farha Kareem Open Track (All other college students) farhakareem998@gmail.com Sat, 7-8 PM https://zoom.us/j/815080326
Liyana Sahir GEC Kannur liyanaliasahir@gmail.com Fri, 8-9 PM http://appear.in/liyanaliasahir
Mridula Pillai GECBH m96mridula@gmail.com Thu, 7:30 - 8:30 PM http://www.appear.in/Mridula
Rasmi U GEC SKP rasmi13ncb@gmail.com Thu, 7:30 - 8:30 PM https://zoom.us/j/7787478389

Updates and FAQs

1. Edit your Profile

If you faced trouble while creating your profile on Telegram - If the data you entered was jumbled or wrong, you might not have received a confirmation email of your application or any further updates from us. As of now you have been emailing us at v@r in resolving this.

In order to do you fix this issue on your own, what we have done is enabled an Edit Profile option in the Rethink bot.

To edit you profile, ping the rethinkbot on telegram and type /editprofile. You will then be able to edit your profile from the start, in the correct order.

Do remember to be patient with the bot and to not hurry when typing your responses.