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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.

The DEV Team

The team behind this very platform. 😄

Discussion

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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. 🙌

 

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!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 
 
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 
 

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

 
 

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

 

Signed up the form for the mentee.

 
 

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!

 
 

I would love to have a mentor

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

This is a fantastic idea and feature!

 

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

 
 

I have no words to describe how awesome this is!

 

Stupid question, probably, but are do very experienced mentors expect to get paid for their time? Yes/no/depends/WTF?

 

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.

 
 

Signed up to mentor and be mentored!

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

 

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.

 

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

 

this is exactly what ive been looking for - ty