When I started at HMB a few years back, one of their policies is that everyone gets a mentor. At first, I wasn’t quite on board with the policy, but I didn’t have much of a choice.
Fast forward two years, I’m no longer at HMB, but with Heuristic Solutions instead. Heuristics is a lot smaller of a company, so pairing people off like HMB did, just doesn’t quite work, especially when you add the fact that a lot of us are remote. However, I realized I actually MISSED having a mentor.
I decided to “take action into my own hands”, so to speak, and reach out to my network on Twitter to see if there would be someone WILLING to mentor me.
The gist is pretty simple – spend some time with me once a month over lunch (my treat), we’ll chat about my desires for what I see as a successful career in technology (still figuring this out, actually).
I had two responses. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, my Twitter network isn’t all that big – and – this is somebody’s spare time they’re giving away to help another. So, while two doesn’t seem like a lot, I consider that a complete success.
I ended up having to choose, which was difficult. Granted, I could have more than one mentor, and might seek that out in the future, but for now, we’ll start with one 🙂
I chose Seth Petry-Johnson, who I also work with at Heuristic Solutions. Seth is the technical architect on LearningBuilder, the product I work on full-time. I won’t go into great detail, you can check out his blog/twitter/etc., but Seth is a highly skilled software craftsman whom I respect quite a lot.
We had our first lunch on 8/21, and I have homework :). That, to me, says I found a great mentor.
I’ll try to post more often as we meet, and work on getting me on some sort of path 🙂