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Tanaka Mutakwa
Tanaka Mutakwa

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[On-Demand Talk] How to Find a Mentor

About This Talk

Whether you're just out of university or you just graduated from a coding bootcamp, you'll need all the help you can get to become the best developer you can be. This is where mentors come in. In this talk we discuss how you can find a mentor.

Takeaways

  1. What is mentorship?
  2. Where to find mentors.
  3. How to ask someone to be your mentor.

Slides

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🌈 Comment below and ask me questions!


About Tanaka Mutakwa

Tanaka is a technology leader who is driven to help software engineers have fulfilling careers. He works as the VP of Engineering at Names & Faces.


This on-demand talk is part of CodeLand 2021 — a virtual conference brought to you by CodeNewbie & DEV on September 23 & 24, 2021.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) • Edited

Hey folks, we encourage y'all to leave any questions here for @tanakamutakwa that you'd like to be answered in the Speaker Discussion later on today! 😀

My bad, I was wrong about Tanaka participating in the speaker discussion later. But of course, don't be shy if you have questions!

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fizzybuzzybeezy

Thank you for the topic on finding a mentor, Tanaka.

I have mentored a handful of people in my role and I wonder what your ideas on mentoring someone who is older than you, ie. for career changers etc. Does it makes a difference? What helps?

Great idea on driving the mentor meetings towards your career goals.

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Tanaka Mutakwa Author

Hello

Great question. It can be tricky to mentor someone older than you. There is a constant worry whether they respect your opinions or not. I believe it is important to establish a trust-based relationship with the person 1st. Once there is trust between you two then mentorship can happen naturally.

How to develop trust? Well it takes some time. You will need to prove what you are capable on the technology side but also build a relationship with the person as if they are your friend. Have frequent check-ins about work and life. Over time it will become easier.

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fizzybuzzybeezy • Edited

Good idea! It reminds me: a thing my company instituted a couple of years ago was one-on-one meetings scheduled on a frequency up to the associate, about the associate's work-life balance or whatever they want to discuss, held with their direct manager. Although it wasn't a mentor/mentee situation, I had a manager 10-15 years younger and the meeting helped strengthen our relationship even though we got along really well to begin with. Thank you Tanaka!

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Jeremy Friesen

Thanks Tanaka for sharing about mentoring. I've been mentoring off and on for years, and it's one of the most rewarding things I've done. I have some time and space for mentoring and am available. You can see my resume at takeonrules.com/about/resume, which should give you some idea of my experience.

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Bea

An amazing mentoring programme that I've finished is Black Valley blackvalley.co.uk/ - As a frontend developer, I wanted to learn more about backend development. My mentoring was amazing and knowledgeable. As a result, I've gained new backend skills with Nodejs.

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Tiffany (she/ela)

Hi Tanaka! Hi guys! Just subscribed to The New Developer :)

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Novice

Same here!

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Tanaka Mutakwa Author

Hello,

Thank you for subscribing to The New Developer :)

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Glenn • Edited

I need to find a coder/business founder mentor. Anyone have any website suggestions?

I'm currently working on: FetchWork.io

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Novice

The talk is really for you then! Good luck 👍

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Novice

I believe a mentor can be someone who motivates us and pushes us to do something better. Mentors play a keen role in helping individuals or a community either knowingly or unknowingly (might be possible that a person whom we consider as our mentor is unaware).

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Chisomo Chiweza

Nearing my graduation date and this topic has been on my mind for a long time.

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Novice

Hi Tanaka!! Hello everyone!

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Tanaka Mutakwa Author

Hello,

Thank you for subscribing to The New Developer :)

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Novice

Open Source is ❤️

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Novice

This will be beneficial for me :)

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Richard Dewey Hammers

Finding a Mentor would be really good for me right now as I'm about to finish my course work with flatiron bootcamp and getting ready to find my first tech job.

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Luis Castillo

I do need a Mentor, great way to find Mentor. I will try these way. Thank You

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Christian New

Having an accountability buddy is excellent advice! It doesn't always have to be your manager, supervisor, or senior team member 😅

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Sarah Rivera

Thank you for the concrete and actionable guidance!

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Mary Abigail Padilla

It is tough to find a mentor! I hope I am able to find one soon.

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Tiffany (she/ela)

Thank you so much! Very helpful, I really wanted a mentor but had no idea how to do it.

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Stephanie Back

Finding a mentor with a teaching style that jives with your learning style is a beautiful thing. I'm excited to apply these insights to my mentor experience. Thanks Tanaka!