Frequently Asked Questions

This content was last modified on 27 August 2021.

What is the aim of figbox?

The aim of Figbox is to help prospective applicants, students at all levels (undergraduates, Master’s and PhD students), academics (post-docs and junior professors) and graduates in the industry get access to exclusive content, mentorship, and network they need to achieve their educational, research, and career goals.

Is figbox free?

Yes, Figbox is free to use! You also don’t need to download any additional software to your personal computer. We strongly encourage you to sign up using the “Sign Up with ORCID” or “Sign up with Google” features which can be found on our home page.

Who uses figbox?

Graduates in the industry, prospective university applicants, students at all levels (undergraduates, Master’s and PhD students) and academics (post-docs and junior professors) around the world.

How do I view exclusive educational, research and industry related content on figbox?

To do this, you must first edit your profile in full and add a verifiable photo. Next, click on the Home tab. Here, you will see a feed of exclusive content. Finally, click the access button to view it - it’s that simple!

Can I add exclusive educational, research and industry related content on figbox?

Yes! Anyone can post exclusive content on Figbox. You can also make this content public or private. If you choose to make it private, it will only be seen by the users in your network.

How do i find a mentor in my field of interest?

First, fill out your entire profile. Next, enter your interest in the search bar. Once this is done, you will see a list of prospective mentors. Click on a name to explore the user's profile. If you think a given user will make a great mentor, select the connect button next to the name. Once the user accepts your connection request, you will be able to directly chat with your new mentor and get access to their exclusive content and tutorials.

Who do I find a mentor in the industry I will like to secure a job in?

First, fill out your entire profile. Next, enter your interest or the company or institution you want to work for in the search bar. Once this is done, you will see a list of prospective mentors. Click on a name to explore the user's profile. If you think a given user will make a great mentor, select the Connect button next to the name. Once the user accepts your connection request, you will be able to directly chat with your new mentor and get access to their exclusive content and tutorials.

How do i prepare for and secure a job in the industry?

First, fill out your entire profile. Under Grants/Scholarship or Transferable Skills, include skills you possess which you believe can translate to most jobs in the industry. Next, start networking with users on Figbox who are now working in the industry to learn how they constructed their resume and which specific steps they took to secure an industry job. Finally, when we find an industry match for you based on your profile information, we add this to your Home feed and ask you to select a meeting time with the representative of the company we think could be a great fit. It’s that simple!

Who do I find a mentor that can help me with my application for a postdoc or faculty position?

First, fill out your entire profile. Next, select your MyNetwork tab. Click on the suggested scholars. Here, we have carefully curated a list of postdocs and professors who have have a lot of experience with the application process. To connect with a prospective mentor, press the Connect button next to the user's name.

How do I earn a mentorship certificate?

You earn a verifiable mentorship certificate on Figbox which can be included on your CV as follows. One, you must authenticate your identity by filling out your profile page in full. This will change the 4th symbol next to your name to 3rd. Next, as users request to view some of the content you make available to mentees only, you begin to increase your chances of getting your first certificate. Once you get at least 10 mentees, the 3rd symbol next to your name will change to 2nd. At this point you will be awarded your first mentorship certificate. In the event you have 20 or more mentees, the 2nd symbol next to your name will change to 1st and you will be awarded another mentorship certificate. To check your mentorship status, go to Edit profile and select Mentorship status.

What is the "Buy Me Lunch" feature

The "Buy Me Lunch" feature allows users to show their appreciation to users in their network. To receive lunch donations, you will need to set up your Stripe account. To do this, go to the Settings page under your avatar at the top right corner and select Payment method.