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Mentor Matching — February 2024 🤝

This monthly series is dedicated to helping mentors and mentees connect with one another. 🤜💥🤛

The DEV Community is made up of a wide variety of developers who are at different points in their careers with separate skill sets and specialties. We're constantly sharing our experiences and learning together in public, so it feels natural to open up a space for mentors and potential mentees to meet & mingle, discuss what they're offering or hoping to get from mentorship, and plan their next steps.

Here's How It Works

Below, we'll offer some guidance for how to approach this thread from both a mentor's and a mentee's perspective.

Guidance for Mentors 🍎

If you're a mentor and plan on using this thread to talk about your experience and what you can provide mentorship-wise, you've come to the right place. Also, thank you... we appreciate you offering to help others in our community!

NOTE: If you're offering a paid-for service, we ask that you please be upfront about that in your message.

We recommend sharing a message about yourself that includes the following:

  1. Your experience as a developer and as a mentor. If it's your first time offering mentorship, that's okay; please just be honest.
  2. What you're able to offer. For example: share your preferred method of communication and how much estimated time you can provide on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
  3. Why you're doing this. Perhaps you remember being a beginner and would like to help someone out. Maybe you run a supportive Discord channel. Or, maybe it's part of your career in DevRel.
  4. How folks can connect with you. You could provide contact details, point to your website, link to your socials/Discord channel/etc. — just give folks a way to get in touch.

Guidance for Mentees ✨

Thanks for coming here to find a mentor and/or to put yourself out there as a potential mentee. We hope that this thread helps to connect you with somebody or group of folks in the DEV Community who can offer you guidance and assistance via mentorship.

NOTE: We do not endorse every person who lists themselves as a mentor in this thread. Remember, this is an open thread, so please be cautious about sharing your personal details. If you see someone whose behavior or services seem suspicious, please don't hesitate to report them to us.

We recommend responding to a mentor who has let a message below and/or sharing a message about yourself that includes the following:

  1. Your current experience level as a developer. If you're just beginning and/or in early learning stages, that's absolutely okay!
  2. What your personal goals are. These can be long-term and aspirational, e.g. I want to become a professional web developer. They can also be more short-term and specific, e.g. I want to learn best practices for naming models in Ruby.
  3. What your personal commitment looks like. Can you meet up multiple times a week, once a week, once a month? Are you full-time job searching or currently working somewhere else? How much time do you expect to spend on this?
  4. How folks can connect with you. You could let a mentor know that you plan on contacting them. And/or you could provide contact details, point to your website, socials, etc.

Match on 🤝

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Alright, now that y'all know how this works, feel free to drop your details below and let folks get to know you!

Top comments (11)

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Michael Tharrington

For anybody who is looking for advice on mentorship, I recommend browsing our #mentorship tag. I also have a couple of recommendations...

First off, I know that @gravy just shared a new post with plenty of excellent advice on mentorship.

Secondly, be sure to check out @veruu's comprehensive guide on the subject from last month.

If you have resources or other advice to share, consider posting an article about it under #mentorship and/or giving it a mention here in this thread.

Appreciate y'all! 💚

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Jose Carlos

Hi, my name is Jose.

Let's get straight to it ->

Your experience as a developer and as a mentor.

  • Graduated in 2010. Working as a developer since 2008.
  • Started in SAP, moved to Java development and then transitioned in 2018 to AI (mainly Computer vision).
  • Experience in big corporations and startups since 2023.
  • Experience moving and working in different countries. Moved from Spain to Austria, then from Austria to Japan. Finally, last year moved back to Austria from Japan.
  • I've mentored Junior devs in a previous job.

What you're able to offer.

  • career advice
  • CV review and interview preparation
  • Advice when moving to different countries

Preferred method of communication:

Email and videocalls

Frequency:

  • Weekly emails
  • 1 or 2 calls / month

Why you're doing this.

I like to help people and I think my experiences could be valuable for somebody else

How folks can connect with you.

We can connect on LinkedIn and go from there.

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Arthur Kh

It's time to introduce about my services here too. Thanks to @michaeltharrington

My name is Arthur, I'm a Senior Software Engineer, mentor and blogger. I've been programming for more than 10 years now. During this time, I've managed to work with a huge number of architectures, programming languages and libraries, including: JavaScript & TypeScript, ReactJS, Node.js, Python3, Java + Android, PHP, C/C++, C# + .NET, Lua and much more. I also conducted a lot of Front-End/Back-End/Full-Stack interviews for levels from Trainee to Senior and created many informative, nice and ATS-friendly resumes. More than that, I still study programming, and I share my experience in my author's articles on DEV and on private consultations.

My main stacks that I worked with on commercial projects are:

  • Front-end: React.js | TypeScript | ReactNative | Rudux | Material UI
  • Node.js: express | koa | fastify | Nest.js | npm | prism | TypeORM
  • Python3: celery | FastAPI | Flask | poetry | pytest | SQLAlchemy

What can I help you with:

  • Call-meeting: we can talk and identify your problem completely for free
  • Resume review: I'll check out your resume, point out soft spots and help fix them so that job applications are converted into interviews (paid)
  • Competent resume writing: I'll help you create a resume in accordance with your experience and knowledge, from scratch or based on an existing one (paid)
  • Mock (trial) interviews with practical tasks (paid)
  • Mentoring: I'll create a comprehensive support program for both beginners and professionals (paid)
  • Consultation on your topic (paid)

Registration now

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Michael Tharrington

Woohoo! Thanks so much for chiming in with these details, Arthur. This is wonderful! 🙌

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Bogomil Shopov - Бого • Edited

I am a technical program manager and a release manager. Have some experience also as a technical product manager. I'll be happy to mentor/coach someone who wants to move to this career path. I also contribute to free software and opensource projects.

I have 30 min a week for this, please let me know.

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Michael Tharrington

Awww yeah, appreciate ya leaving your details, Bogomil. 💚

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Makar

This is a wonderful series!!!

I am mentoring a dear friend ATM, so I don't have the bandwidth for a big commitment, but I promise I will offer a full mentorship once he lands on a job.

In the meantime, I can hop on a call(s) with a few code newbies and advise them on what is what in the wonderful world of Tech and what career paths they can potentially take 🚀

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Michael Tharrington

Woot! Thanks for chiming in Makar and appreciate your kind words. 🙌

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Reihaneh ssh • Edited

Hi, my name is Reihaneh.

Your current experience level as a developer.

I have been working as a front-end developer for 3 years now and I'm working with reactjs, ts, popular react libraries, and even some nodejs.

What your personal goals are.

I want to do something inspiring in the open source world, I have started some packages at work as well. I like to start blogging and learn enough to start mentoring. I want to do something new in general other than the things I do at work.

What your personal commitment looks like

I dedicate my weekend to learning new things

How folks can connect with you.

here is my linkdin to start with.

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Zane Estere Gruntmane

Hello, My name is Zane Estere.. fresh full-stack developer - creative catalyst - just graduated the bootcamp. I am looking forward to get some mentor support in order to better integrate myself in tech world, particulary how to set the ground in finding opportunities to work and practice coding.

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Yusuf Habib

Hey, my name is Habib, I’m an aspiring frontend developer and I have been learning how to code for over a year. Currently learning React.js. I have built some projects but don't feel that confident building stuff from scratch yet.

I am aiming to turn this into a career, so landing a frontend development job is the end goal. However, in the short term, I am looking to improve my skills as much as possible, prepare a portfolio of projects, and make myself as employable as possible.
I am looking for a mentor, someone I can ask questions about this track.