What does being a mentor mean to you?
Mentoring for me means providing guidance and support to another person as they strive to reach a personal or professional goal. Being part of this process is extremely rewarding and inspiring, not least because the learning goes both ways. As a mentor for Telenor Youth Forum, I’ve had the opportunity to advise a group of talented young minds from four different countries. They have worked together virtually to develop a solution to a major global health challenge. Contributing to their journey has been an enriching experience, and a true privilege.
What advice would you give a young person considering a future in technology?
Technology is going to impact almost every aspect of our lives, so the opportunities are endless! It’s important to continue to learn, adapt, and gain new skills throughout your lifetime to keep up with the fast pace of technology’s development. Even in this age of automation, machines cannot do everything. A range of human skills will be required, from technological expertise to essential social and emotional capabilities. Consider a future in technology regardless of your background and previous experience.
Elisabeth K. Røynestad, Mentor for the Girls Create Tech Academy