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Questions tagged [mentoring]

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Mentoring a new developer to search

I've recently gotten into the position where I am in charge of mentoring a new developer. While I'm very happy to oblige and and positively influence the career of a younger individual I'm seeing ...
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What is the best way to motivate your peers to “go read up about it” vs. explaining them everything at that instant?

We have many cases where colleagues with different experience levels are in a meeting and discussing potential software design(s). And another set of engineers who don't "get it" and would rather ...
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Am I letting my interns down?

I'm a developer tool and infrastructure engineer on a team that looks like so. Job level(seniority) in the company in parenthesis Bob(3)/ Me(1)/ Intern-1(0) Intern-2(0) Alice(...
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How to approach a coworker about mentoring

I have recently come to the conclusion that I want to approach manager positions within my current company. We are a large multi-national company, mainly positioned in Europe. I am considering ...
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How to help new team member with security best practices without escalation to management

I currently work on the Information Security team at my employer and have been working at my company for about 4 years. Recently a new member joined the team, who per his resume has about 1.5 years of ...
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How to politely end a mentoring relationship?

While in my previous job I started what can be seen as an informal mentoring relationship with some junior colleagues. Basically, they asked me for career advice (skills needed, how to acquire them, ...
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How to word the concept of “technical knowledge consultant” [closed]

I have a position as a Data Scientist within a very large team (60+ people). Six of them are business intelligence technicians/data analysts/data scientists/whatever you want to call them. Career ...
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Have the company dropped the ball with me as a junior developer?

I've recently started my first job as a programmer (I'm currently one month in) at quite a small company and for my first assignment I got paired with a senior developer to work on a minor project, ...
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As a mentor, how to interact with the team to adopt my thought processes and suggestions?

I am the Tech Lead of a team. I am usually there for the team's technical challenges, code reviews, quality processes and the like. No one in the team is a direct reportee, all of us report to a ...
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How to handle mentoring without giving orders?

I work as a system administrator in North America. My team is relatively small, and of our team members, I am the most tenured. The environment we work in is very complex, and there is no formal ...
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Career Advice to move away from QA [closed]

I need a career advice very badly. About Myself: I have software test automation (QA) experience for more than 10 years. I am also in a good job with decent salary. However I have been trying to ...
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Balancing the problem of teaching junior devs and meeting deadlines

TL;DR: I am having issues maintaining the balance between mentoring junior devs, meeting deadlines as a group, and completing my own work. Read on for more info. For background, I work at a small, ...
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How to fix a weird relationship at work

I got hired around 6 months ago. But I started to have a difficult relationship with my mentor from the first weeks. He got interested in me and tried to get close to me and I rejected him for two ...
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Bringing junior developer up to speed despite shortage of tasks that can be delegated

I am in the position of Architect/Lead Developer and I have one junior developer on my team. In the last few months we were delivering projects under tight deadlines so I was struggling to find tasks ...
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Focus on Mentorship vs. Execution

I’m currently mentoring a junior engineer. He is indeed smart and driven but lacks the experience to be effective, as is customary for members of this rotation program at our r&d facility. My ...
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How to start managing without the title? [duplicate]

Like many companies, my company has a culture of promoting those who are already doing the job they would be promoted to. As someone who is a lead analyst in a technical position looking to get ...
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Considering quitting as a junior due to lack of a coach [closed]

I have finished my CS degree this year and got my first real job in IT, if you don’t count an internship and student jobs. Since the beginning, I have been basically the only JS developer, ...
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Asking a subordinate to mentor you?

I am a team lead in a tech company, and I'd like to know if it's taboo to ask an engineer on the team to mentor me in leadership. This individual does not report to me of course, but I am in a ...
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How do I improve on the feedback after a rejection? [closed]

Here is the response from the hiring manager as a feedback: Thanks for your time. We enjoyed interviewing with you as well, but the team felt some shortcomings in the translation of algorithms to ...
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Include mentoring Junior developers and interns in my resume? [closed]

I am a Software Engineer with 4 years experience and I was updating my resume recently. A good part of my current work as a Software Engineer involves mentoring a junior engineer and 2 interns. Do I ...
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Asking for help in IT in a senior position while keeping credibility

I am working in a senior position in an IT department. Having learnt a new technology recently and being quite experienced, I rarely, if ever, get stuck on programming matters. Lately, I have noticed ...
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How to respond to team member questions when reason is nuanced and depends on experience?

In a way, I am on the opposite side of this question. I work in information security profession as an IT auditor. I was doing peer review of a vulnerabilities report / application risk assessment done ...
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Mentor while working remotely? [closed]

I'm going to provide some context below, the question is after this section: It's been a while since I started to work in my professional field and I have reached a level of knowledge I think is high ...
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How to find a good mentor at work?

Note: This question specifically focuses on identifying a mentor in my organization, and therefore is not a duplicate of questions like: Seeking out a Mentor in field that does not work at the same ...
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What can I do to make my job more bearable? [closed]

I'm currently working as a software engineer for a small company in the entertainment industry. I graduated from university last August and have been working with the company since during my degree ...
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How can I manage stubborn team mates?

I am part of a group of developers where I am the one person with the most "modern" web development experience. My team members are not totally clueless, the all come from a WPF/SilverLight background....
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How do you ask someone to be your sponsor [closed]

I recently was honoured to be selected to go to a Women in Leadership forum where part of the remit was to choose a sponsor and mentor. I know the sponsor but she doesn't live here and I would have to ...
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How to tell a colleague that he has introduced a massive programming mistake?

We are a small team of developers working on an IT project within a dedicated department. No hierarchy between us in that department, but one common goal: to get our main application up and running. ...
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How to promote autonomy in colleague/subordinate

There is a junior developer (1.5 years of experience) at my company. He is technically very knowledgeable and skilled. However, he is continuously asking for advice, confirmation, etc, to his superior,...
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How to react to colleague refusing mentoring when it could actually help? [closed]

I do have an small internal question as to my way of reacting at my current workplace. We are small team with quite broadly defined roles, but with quite overlapping skills and competent members (or ...
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Audit team members are too trusting

I work in IT audit and am mentoring newer members of the team. I have more experience than them by about 1.5 years. My team members are too trusting when evaluating the information we receive and don'...
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4answers
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Impossible Mentoring Task

I've been brought in as a contract software developer with the side task of mentoring a junior developer. It turns out that the developer is not meeting the level of "fully fledged" developer that ...
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1answer
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How do I ask my manager at summer internship (2 months), if they are looking to hire this year? [duplicate]

I have not been in contact after the internship, i.e. 4 months. I did not keep in touch, as I am kind of private person. But asking now, I don’t want to look selfish.. Also, if I do ask, whom should I ...
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How do you volunteer to mentor someone to promote diversity?

I was going through annual HR training, and one thing jumped out at me. In the "diversity" section, an advice was given to the effect of "if you care about diversity, volunteer to participate in ...
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Wanting to Transition Back Into A Coding Career After Hiatus [closed]

Hey guys I've been out of the dev field for about 2 years and work in a more physical engineering role. Due to out of control circumstances I'm looking to leave this job and am considering trying my ...
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How can I politely tell my mentee that she needs to be more professional?

I have been mentoring a colleague for about 8 months, at the request of management. She showed initial improvement but has plateaued and we will soon be having a "reset" meeting to assess the ...
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How to express that I'm not interested in mentoring?

I've been recently asked by my manager to start mentoring new employees. I'm seen as one of the more productive and technical employees but I'm an individual contributor (and happy with that), and I ...
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What actionable steps can I give to an unintentionally careless programmer to improve? [closed]

Consider a programmer who has become known for writing careless code. More specifically spelling mistakes and generally mistakes related to not reading things properly. Although not having dyslexia, ...
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How can have a peer whom I mentor to be more proactive and use better judgement in his work?

I work in an IT audit and compliance department. A peer of two weeks whom I am informally mentoring is very enthusiastic and picking up the work nicely. Unfortunately, his attitude could be more ...
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Is my future mentor “harassing” me? [closed]

I was introduced to a mentor for career advice on things such as CV, interviews, etc. by one of his mentees. He's not my mentor yet and as he's an external mentor, there is no obligation that we work ...
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How do I express to my interviewer that I'm looking for mentorship?

It is difficult for me to articulate the benefits I've received by simply asking a senior developer for advice with regards to a specific aspect of my craft. More than just telling me the "correct way ...
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Topics to work with a mentor

I have been wanting to have a career mentor for couple years. This year our (software) company is starting a mentoring program. I have two topics that I think I need help in developing my career, and ...
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Maintaining mentorship with a mentor who has a different problem solving style

Background: I'm a recent degree graduate and software developer. The company I work at has a relatively small team with 8 members. I'm the newest on the team and have been here 10 months. I get along ...
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How to ask for mentorship from a senior?

I've been working at a bigger tech firm for about 7 months now, and I am the most junior person on my team at 26 and only programming full-time for a year. My colleagues are all in their 40s and 50s ...
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When should I discuss guidance and mentoring with a recruiter?

During my previous employment, I noticed that I am a developer who needs at least some mentoring to be effective, namely in scheduling and project analysis. I found that I'm not that good in making a ...
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How can I request a mentor/helping hand in my company to learn coding?

I've had a very hard time back in my university during my undergrad in CSE due to numerous reasons. Added to that, due to the intimidating nature of our very first programming course instructor, I ...
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How to best use my monthly session with my mentor

I am a statistician who is working at my first "good" job. Since I am new to this environment, I asked if I could be assigned a mentor. My company doesn't have that many statisticians so I was ...
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How do I engage a mentor?

I have been assigned a mentor recently. He is a high up regional executive referred by an acquaintance. It's been a month and he has taken me out to lunch once to get to know me. The reason I was ...
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{Edited} How to start liking my job again? [closed]

P.S : This is an edited(and a more constructive, hopefully) version of original question, that was against the website policies. I started working in a firm as a software engineer about an year back....
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In a company without 1-on-1s or structured feedback, what can I do to understand how I can improve my performance?

We primarily receive feedback for what we deliver, but not how we deliver, how we can improve, what we can improve, and how we work (except if it's a serious lack of discipline of course). I am now ...