In the last nine months, I mentored 20+ software developers on their journey. During this time, I experienced massive changes in software demographics.
Crunching some numbers from my mentoring activity:
roughly 54% of the developers I tutored identify as female
62% were older than 30
18+ countries were present
Comparing these numbers with official figures* regarding the current IT workforce confirms it. Software professionals of tomorrow will be nothing like the ones of today.
Meanwhile, startups are becoming corporates, and corporates are becoming conglomerates. Inclusion and professionalism are critical in absorbing this new workforce. This is not a bunch of dudes* and a web-app. It is a multicultural and highly skilled workforce.
And that's our challenge. The current leadership and middle management layer don't match these demographics because of systemic and structural reasons. We will have to bridge this gap to keep attracting the best talent.
We are missing the opportunity of a lifetime unless this reality is acted upon by C-levels and managers. This directly impacts business results.
We need to change mindsets, structures, and processes to serve these new kind of professionals. Mentorship is a bridge between leadership and the new workforce it is mentorship. It shows the commitment of companies to the success of this new and diverse generation of developers.
With hundreds of fresh developers seeking advice, strong initiatives are taking off. My advice for tech companies? Some mentorship programs already started in non-profit setup*. Approach these non-profits and start a conversation.
The clock is ticking a late hour and as I write these lines, I can only smile. I smile because I feel proud to be part of such a dynamic industry. We are pioneers of change.
I am confident that we will reinvent ourselves as we already did countless times in the past. And to the "new-comers':
If you want results immediately, then I have a suggestion for you: get in touch with my team. You can apply for a FREE initial consultation where we will go over the details of each step via Zoom.
In this call, me or one of my colleagues will give you every single step that we go through with our clients once they book our program to fast track their growth as a developer.