Since the day I have stepped into this ineffable world of computing, I have realized the dearth of female technologists. I have thus associated myself with inspirational communities like Women Who Code serving as the Director of WWC Delhi and leading Google Women Techmakers.
Coming across Learn IT, Girl ! A noble mentor-mentee program to help women begin their journey in this male dominated field of technology motivated me to contribute to this initiative by helping fellow budding girl developers.
I strongly believe that helping people steer their careers in the right direction is a key element in developing. The esteemed task of mentoring is an essential leadership skill. In addition to managing and motivating people, it’s also important that one can help others learn, grow and become more effective in their lives.
My past experience with mentoring Google Code-In tells me that mentoring is a rewarding experience, both personally and professionally. It not only aids in improving communication skills but also brings about a a great sense of personal satisfaction. One gains a new perspective of thinking and gets to advance technical skills by learning together with the mentee.
The previous mentor-ship experience was a surreal one. I never knew my answers and feedback to simple questions could be the cause of someone’s high spirits. It made me realize the impact one’s guidance could have on a budding developer. My feeling of immense contentment was augmented by the innocent tweets and blog posts of the mentees expressing their gratitude and happiness. (refer a few screenshots attached 😀 )
The journey in this field will urge to shed all inhibitions, keep pride aside and dive into this worthy mission of building a powerful community. The small interesting conversations and tasks will sometimes leave a deep impact on the mentor as a person, after-all not everyday one comes across a student submitting “Peace Pledge: No ! To war and distrust” to his/her mentor where both belong to two countries supposedly at ‘cold war’ 😉
I am also of the view that by being a mentor to a newbie, we pay our regards to the entire computing sphere and its fraternity. Helping the mentee have a smooth transition into the tech world helps make long lasting associations and ensure a better future.
I am really looking forward to an exciting journey ahead with my mentee and the entire Learn IT, Girl ! team 🙂