What to mentor on

You can mentor on anything that can be shared. Share knowledge, experiences, general advice, specific domain advice, encouragement, questions, connections, and more.

🧠 Knowledge

  • share what you know

  • what you think others should know

  • information

  • things that most do not know

  • skills

🚵♀ Experiences

  • the crucial things that cannot be found in books/online

  • stories

  • anecdotes

Examples

One of my favorite things I’ve done is speak at organizations like Girls Who Code. I shared how in my journey to tech, there were times when I asked myself: do I belong, am I good enough, am I passionate enough. Hearing how some felt the same way too and feeling encouraged from my stories was motivating.

🗣 General advice

Talk about the broader topics, such as:

  • career advancement

  • performance reviews

  • relationships

  • entering an industry

  • growing in an industry

  • navigating office politics

  • people-side of things

  • speaking

  • leveling up in a role

  • negotiation

🛠 Specific domain advice

  • specific frameworks/concepts

  • languages, tools, testing, architecture, and more

  • technical

  • product, business, design, UX

  • management

Examples

I personally enjoy mentoring those entering/switching to the tech industry. As well as applying psychology in our daily day. On the other hand, I have a friend who can talk for hours on anything related to serverless. Another friend makes herself available to new joiners when they’re learning her team's codebase.

🤗 Encouragement

  • solidarity

  • accountability

  • active listening

  • positive, good vibes

  • frequent and regular encouragement

    • via emails, messages

  • remind them of how strong, amazing, remarkable they are

Examples

Music and active listening

I was helping someone apply to jobs. She felt apprehensive because she thought her background in music would be looked down upon. We brainstormed strategies and I reminded her that her skills would speak for themselves. And that her background was actually a big plus.

Really, I was just actively listening, providing encouragement, and helping build her confidence. She did all the hard stuff. She’s now happily employed.

Questions

You do not have to have all the answers. Questions can be powerful.

  • insightful questions that spur additional critical thinking

  • questions that challenge false assumptions

  • question that inspire further reflection, introspection, and action

🤝 Connections

Connections can be people and resources.

  • connect people to one another

  • share your favorite books, articles, resources

Examples

I was asked for advice on deciding between to job offers. I connected him with a friend who previously worked at one of the companies he was looking at so he can an extra point of reference.

The intention of trying to help is important and valuable as well. I was asked if I knew any people in Berlin tech industry. I didn’t, so I reached out to friends of friends. Unfortunately, I haven’t found someone yet, but the intention was there.

Often, when I meet people who do not know each other, but I think they should, I ask each if it's okay to connect them. Wonderful, now you've connected two worlds!

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