Why Mentoring?


Why bother? What are the personal reasons to make mentorship something you get involved with? Just what is a role model anyway? Well, generally speaking, a role model is a "person who serves as an example, whose behaviour is emulated by others.“

Why Mentor?

While its true that mentoring may lead to future personal payoffs, we know you're not at all concerned with that. This is your chance to give back, and leave the world a better place than you found it! You can learn as much from the person you are mentoring as they can learn from you, and you should never stop learning, right? Here are a few of the other benefits you can expect from a good mentor relationship:

Why be mentored?

It can really help you get where you want to be in your career if you have the opportunity to see someone who is where you want to be (maybe Bill Gates, Rasmus, Grace Hoper). There are other benefits to being mentored as well:

Speaking of insight...do you ever feel like a phoney programmer? Feel like you're winging it, getting by on luck? Scared you'll be found out at any moment? This is commonly known as 'imposter syndrome'. The fact is, you are as good as you think you are, and a mentor can help you to see that.

Of course, you may feel insanely confident in your abilities as a programmer and never make mistakes...mercifully unburdened by thoughts that everyone else knows at least as much or more than you. This fascinating phenomena is known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. Briefly put, The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals mistakenly harbour feelings of superiority and above average ability. Conversely, competent individuals may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding. Interesting, huh? No one person can know everything, and there's always something you can learn from others.

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