Our mentors are at the core of The Commons. They create and lead Sprints. They’re engaged members of our community who go out of their way to make students’ career goals happen. And become friends along the way.
We caught up with Thiago Silva, Product Lead at Planned and mentor at The Commons, to chat about his experience getting into Product, how to be successful at early stage startups, and how to build a meaningful network in tech.
Our bar for mentor talent is (very) high. Being top talent at a world-class tech company isn’t enough. We look for ambitious rising stars who are equal parts friendly, humble and aspirational.
They’re accessible experts
Mentors at The Commons are your peers - they’re super friendly and approachable. They’re also experts in their day job. This unique combo is what makes The Commons' learning experiences special.
They’ve been in your shoes
They’ve benefited from mentorship in their career and want to pay it forward. Non-linear career paths are a shared experience among mentors and students.
They’re invested in your professional growth
Mentors have a habit of hiring mentees into their company or team. They have a chance to see mentees’ work through a Sprint and know the caliber of talent they’re getting. Plus, The Commons heavily vets all incoming mentees.
“The Commons has been fantastic at creating a community of interesting, thoughtful and intelligent people who all are happy to help one another on their individual journeys. I’m lucky to be a part of it.”
Joining as a mentor is a dual opportunity to advance your career while helping others do the same.
Get fast reps leading a team
Mentors want to fast-track their professional development. We give you the opportunity to get reps managing a team and learn through direct feedback. Iterate and hone your management style with each new team of mentees that you lead. Bring that experience back to your company and see it translate into more responsibility and a faster promo.
Translate your daily grind into a meaningful side hustle
Moving the dial on someone’s career feels so good - it is a lasting gift that bonds people. We also compensate mentors for their time, including stipends for running Sprint(s), 1:1 coaching and creating content like workshops.
Get access to vetted, trained talent for your company
Mentors have a habit of hiring mentees into their company or team. They have a chance to see their mentees' work through a Sprint and know the caliber of talent they’re getting. Plus, The Commons vets all incoming mentees.
Build your network with other mentors from top tech companies
You’ll be surrounded by peers from top companies across the world, so you can effortlessly expand your professional network.
We source and set up 1:1s with senior operators and product leaders like Sri Batchu, Salmaa Elshanshory and Pete Huang.
We host exclusive events for our mentors. Mentors recruit each other into more senior roles at their respective companies.
We’re creating this community together. Mentors host our podcast, events and work closely with our team to create new Sprints.
How to join us as a mentor
Apply or get referred
Fill out an application or ask one of our current mentors to make an intro. Given the large volume of inbound applications we receive, we’re only able to reach out to those who we’d like to continue the conversation with.
Speak with The Commons team
We’ll find some time to chat 1:1 to learn more about your professional journey, current role, your views on mentorship and leadership and what you’re hoping to get out of The Commons.
Join a roundtable to meet current mentors and ask questions
We host an interactive roundtable where current mentors tell you about their experience and answer any questions that you might have.
Get an offer to join the team and shadow an upcoming Sprint
All incoming mentors shadow a Sprint to learn by osmosis, build relationships with existing mentors and get a feel for our community culture.
Lead your own team through a Sprint!
Get feedback from your fellow mentors and team! If it’s a fit, you’ll move on to leading your own team through a Sprint!
But before you apply…
Mentoring is not for everyone. The best mentors value building relationships, deeply enjoy sharing their knowledge, have a desire to invest time and energy into other people, and harness their humble confidence to help others while developing themselves professionally.
If this describes you, we’d love to hear from you! If not, consider joining us as a student first to get a feel for The Commons or find other opportunities.
Our mentors come from top tech companies and help each other as much as they help their students. If you’re looking to be part of a team of rising stars - the future C-suite - then you’ve found it!
We’re more than just skills training. We're the place where high achievers come to fulfill their career potential. We combine education, mentorship and community to empower the next generation of ambitious professionals to achieve their career goals.
The time to build the education institution of the future is now. And we're doing it.
Careers are catalyzed through skills-training, mentorship and a supportive network. At The Commons, we're delivering those critical career elements together through learning experiences that are social, mentorship-based and community-first.