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Changelog: Mentor Matchmaking!

jess profile image Jess Lee (she/her) ・2 min read

Finding a mentor to help navigate your career can be positively life changing, but we know it's way easier said than done. And that goes both ways! Finding someone to mentor isn't that easy either.

That's why we're excited to announce our new initiative: mentor matchmaking. We'll be connecting members who are looking to learn, with members who are looking to teach. We'll be doing this manually to start, and evolve the service as we go.

If you're interested in this beta program, please let us know by filling in this new section in your settings and we will be in touch via email. You can also help us by fully filling out your profile (if you have not already) so we can get a sense of your personality.

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A few more thoughts:

  • Mentors don't need to be deep subject matter experts! One of the best ways to reinforce what you know is by teaching others or showing them how you would troubleshoot. Oftentimes, you end up learning together. So if you're on the fence on whether or not you 'qualify' as a mentor, you should go for it.

  • Mentors can also be mentees! Just because you're mentoring someone in Rails, doesn't mean you can't be a CSS mentee.

  • We have had extensive demand for this sort of program from folks who saw this as a natural fit for our diverse community and we agreed wholeheartedly. We hope you will also give us feedback to help improve now that it's underway.

Thanks everyone for being a wonderful part of this community. We're so excited to see the collaborations that come out of this.

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Ben Halpern

I already filled out mine! 😄

@citizen428 just messaged me about this and that was the catalyst for getting it out this week. We were in agreement but had been sitting on our hands. But @jess had a vision for how this would work and made the PR this morning and now we're live. 🙌

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Ben Halpern

In very early numbers coming in, we have about 25% more people offering than requesting.

Newer devs, this is a great chance to make some awesome connections!

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Harry

Filled mine out requesting a mentor since I am a new dev!

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Tim Smith

This sounds awesome. I marked my profile as seeking mentor. Is there something more I need to do to get paired?

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Ahmad Awais ⚡️

This is awesome @jess and @ben ! 💯

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Michael Kohl

Wow, that's a nice turn around time, thanks @ben and @jess ! :)

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Erika with a 'k'

This is awesome!!

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Ben Halpern

My feelings on the matter

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matt24ray

I just signed up for both! Can't wait to try it out.

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David kang

32/m/nyc/looking for mentor

am i doing this right?

no but really i am looking for a mentor. thanks for this awesome platform

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Gunnar Gissel

I only regret that I have but a single unicorn to give. Amazing idea, I have high hopes

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Shan

Thanks so much for this guy's. Just signed up, hopefully can go from mentee to mentor asap

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rhymes

I bow down to you Jess. Well done and thank you!

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Yechiel Kalmenson

This is amazing!

Thanks @jess

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Anthony Delgado

love this idea 💚

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Sam Benskin

Great idea! Love the community on here, there's so much passion for giving and helping others

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Donald Merand

I love this idea! Nice work @jess + the DEV crew.

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Deepak Singh

Awesome, signed up as Ruby and Ruby on Rails mentor.
Also seeking help with pre-sales and business development workflows.

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SoteroX

I would love to have a mentor

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Ankit Uniyal

Signed up the form for the mentee.

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Melissa

This is such an incredible thing! Thank you so much for doing this.

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Maria Nguyen

@jess is this still a thing?

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Jess Lee (she/her) Author

Hey Maria, since we rolled out DEV Listings, we stopped supporting the mentorship program on DEV. I'd try posting in the 'offering mentorship' or 'seeking a mentor' category, depending on what your needs are!

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Maria Nguyen

Ok, thanks!

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Ricardo Delgado

This is such a great thing. This is such a great community to be part of. Thanks everyone.

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brock8282

this is exactly what ive been looking for - ty

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ItsASine (Kayla)

Signed up to mentor and be mentored!

This is a great offering to an already pretty tight community; thanks @jess <3

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promxyl

Signed up already. Thanks

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Jake Varness

Signed up to be a mentor!

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Maria Boldyreva

Submitted to find a mentor. I'm a coder already, but there's so much more to learn out there, so I'd love to have an experienced mentor.

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Stephen E. Chiang

This is a fantastic idea and feature!

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John Best

Signed up to be a .NET mentor.

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Pat Clarke

Finally filled out both forms. This is brilliant. Thank you for setting this up.

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Quentin Sonrel

I have no words to describe how awesome this is!

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Jundi Alwan

This is great!

Just submitted, looking for mentor. I'll tell my friends about this.. this is what we need as a freshman. Can't wait.