El Valor Inesperado del Par Clave en la Mentoría

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Encontrar una mentoría al comenzar tu trayectoria profesional puede ser difícil, pero es vital tener este apoyo para construir confianza y crecer en cada etapa del proceso.

Hace más de 5 años, Sidney me contactó en LinkedIn con preguntas sobre bootcamps. Estaba terminando mi primer año en Stitch Fix y desde esa primera llamada en GoogleMeet, nos hemos reunido casi todos los meses y nos hemos seguido y apoyado mutuamente a lo largo de nuestras respectivas trayectorias en ingeniería. Nunca hemos trabajado juntas, ¡y nunca nos hemos conocido! Únete a nosotras mientras nos encontramos por primera vez en persona y hablamos de lo vital que ha sido nuestro emparejamiento.

Heather May
Heather May
Sidney Buckner
Sidney Buckner
9 min
15 Nov, 2023

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Esta charla discute el único viaje de mentoría de las oradoras, quienes se encontraron a través de Coding Dojo y LinkedIn. Destacan el poder de la mentoría, enfatizando el valor de tener a otra mujer en tecnología para apoyo y orientación. También se enfatiza el impacto de la mentoría, con las oradoras alentando a otros a ser mentores y compartir su conocimiento. Describen la relación mentor-mentee como maravillosa, inclusiva y de apoyo.

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1. Introducción al Viaje de Mentoría

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Vamos a hablar sobre la mentoría y lo único que ha sido nuestro viaje. Nos encontramos a través de Coding Dojo y LinkedIn.

Hola, Sydney. Hola. ¿Cómo estás Heather? Bueno, estoy bien. Es bueno verte. Bueno verte también. Y es muy agradable ver a todos en la Cumbre de React en Nueva York este año. Hola, espero que todo esté bien. Es súper emocionante. Estamos realmente emocionadas de hablar con todos ustedes.

Sydney, ¿de qué vamos a hablar? Sí. Entonces, vamos a hablar sobre la mentoría y, sinceramente, lo único que ha sido nuestro viaje hasta ahora, especialmente entre las dos. En primer lugar, ya que todos ustedes no lo saben, hemos tenido esta increíble relación durante unos cinco años ahora. Pero la sorpresa es que nunca hemos trabajado juntas. Nunca hemos vivido en el mismo estado. Y lo más sorprendente es que en realidad nunca nos hemos conocido en persona antes. Entonces, ¿cómo diablos nos encontramos? Quiero decir, ¿cómo sucedió eso?

Sí. Bueno, recuerdo esto como si fuera ayer. Entonces, en 2018, acababa de graduarme de mi bootcamp. Estaba buscando trabajo. Estaba tratando de averiguar exactamente qué quería hacer a continuación. Y honestamente pensé que la respuesta era aprender otro lenguaje de programación. Y había pasado por el bootcamp con JavaScript, decidí empezar a pensar en Ruby y cosas así, y encontré Coding Dojo. Y estaba como, vamos a ver. Veamos si podemos averiguar si este es un buen lugar para comenzar. Y entonces te encontré en realidad en uno de los testimonios de Coding Dojo y decidí enviarte un LinkedIn y aquí estamos hoy.

Sí. Y recuerdo que estaba terminando mi primer año en Stitch Fix. Y acababa de dar una charla en Coding Dojo en San José sobre cosas de desarrolladores junior y conseguir tu primer trabajo. Y vi tu mensaje en LinkedIn. Y estaba como, Hey, perfecto timing.

2. El Poder de la Mentoría

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Hemos estado haciendo esta mentoría durante los últimos cinco años, dedicando solo una hora al mes. Tener a otra mujer en tecnología ha sido de gran ayuda, ya que anteriormente me sentía aislada. Nuestras conversaciones han sido invaluables para mí, proporcionando consuelo y orientación. La mentoría no es unidireccional; he ganado mucho de nuestra relación. Ha sido como terapia tecnológica, apoyándonos mutuamente y discutiendo varios temas. Mi consejo para encontrar una mentoría es preguntar y estar abierto a oportunidades inesperadas.

Esto es genial. Y entonces nos conectamos en zoom y hemos estado haciendo esto todos los meses durante los últimos cinco años. Sí. ¿No es eso loco? Como una hora, solo una hora de nuestro tiempo al mes durante cinco años. Dios mío. Todavía estoy muy sorprendida.

Quiero escuchar tu perspectiva, cómo ha sido para ti. Y luego compartiré cómo ha sido para mí. Entonces, en primer lugar, tener a otra mujer en tecnología, hablemos primero de eso. Solo tenía hombres con quienes hablar y eso no es necesariamente algo malo, pero eso me hizo sentir muy aislada. Había tantas oportunidades y cosas que aprender que sentí que todavía tenía que navegar y no sabía con quién hablar específicamente sobre eso. Y eso fue muy frustrante.

Y entonces, tener estas conversaciones contigo, poder conocerte y tu trayectoria donde todavía estabas descubriendo cosas en comparación con donde yo estaba, eso realmente me ayudó a sentirme más cómoda en mi propia piel mientras navegaba por lo demás que estaba tratando de descubrir en mi vida. Y entonces, nuestras conversaciones siempre han sido tan apreciadas y respetadas, y estoy absolutamente encantada cada vez que hablamos.

Yo también. No es solo unidireccional. Como esto, siento que la gente piensa que la mentoría es de arriba hacia abajo o unidireccional, pero realmente no lo es. He obtenido mucho de nuestra relación y de nuestras charlas porque, ya sabes, no es solo mi oportunidad de ayudarte y traerte a la mesa y darte algunos consejos y cosas de mí, sabes, unos años por delante, pero también es una oportunidad para nosotros, hemos hablado de tecnología, hemos hablado de problemas, este proceso scrum lidiando con miembros del equipo difíciles o empresas, y luego también nuestro viaje profesional donde queremos estar, cuáles son nuestros objetivos. Y en los últimos cinco años hemos hecho como que ha ido más allá de todo eso debido a COVID y todo. Nos metimos en, comenzamos podcasts y estuvimos hablando de nuestro viaje en el podcast y todas las cosas. Y realmente ha sido muy útil para mí en muchos niveles.

Siempre espero con ansias charlar contigo porque siento que para mí es como terapia tecnológica. Como una vez al mes lo sé. ¡Saludos a mi terapeuta! Sí, una vez al mes sé que puedo charlar contigo y como, nos apoyamos mutuamente como lo haría un terapeuta, estamos totalmente sesgados en el hecho de que queremos apoyar a cada uno y siempre de nuestro lado, estamos en el equipo del otro, aunque nunca hemos trabajado juntos directamente. Creo que eso es realmente genial. Me pregunto qué si alguien está pensando en tratar de encontrar una mentoría o cuál es algún consejo que darías a alguien que está viendo? Lo primero que diré es que simplemente preguntas, simplemente intentas. Sé que eso es algo muy difícil de hacer porque nunca sabes quién va a decir que no. He hablado de esto antes en algunos de mis contenidos donde sabes que lo peor que la gente puede hacer es decir que no y eso no es necesariamente malo. Un rechazo es normalmente una redirección hacia algo más, algo mejor. Estar abierto a esas experiencias donde potencialmente encuentras un mentor de maneras inesperadas creo que es el mejor consejo que puedo dar porque no esperaba que esto fuera tan glorioso y tan productivo y tan increíble como ha sido con nuestra relación.

3. El Impacto de la Mentoría

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Ser un mentor se trata de difundir conocimientos, elevar a los demás y dar un pequeño empujón para exponerte. No se trata de ser un experto, sino de estar disponible y ser solidario. La relación mentor-aprendiz es maravillosa, inclusiva y solidaria. Animamos a todos a ser mentores y compartir su luz. Si tienes alguna pregunta, por favor contáctanos. Agradecemos tu apoyo y esperamos conocerte en persona pronto!

Y luego poder también difundir ese conocimiento a otros, como ser capaz de elevar a las personas detrás de ti también. Me diste la confianza para enseñar en las masterclass a las que había asistido y cosas simplemente como ir a por ello y ver qué sucede y eso ha abierto tantas puertas para mí y espero que la gente entienda que realmente se trata de difundir esa bondad y simplemente intentar algo, nunca sabes qué pasará. Solo necesitas exponerte un poco, solo un pequeño empujón.

100%. Creo que para mí, animaría a las personas a hacerse disponibles para ser un mentor, no tienes que ser un experto en tu campo. Solo tienes que estar disponible y si encuentras personas en meetups o tu masterclass o universidad o campus, lo que sea, estar disponible y hacer saber a la gente hey, estoy dispuesto a dar una hora de mi tiempo al mes. Realmente quiero compartir para ti y es tan impactante en tantos niveles. Y también creo que otra nota sobre ser un mentor en esa relación es que Sí, de nuevo. Se trata solo de escuchar y realmente entender dónde está la otra persona y ser solidario al dar consejos. Quizás a veces como algunos consejos duros no críticos, amor duro como, hey, necesitas aprender Ruby on Rails. No, eso no ha estado intentando durante cinco años. No ha sucedido. Ella está atascada. Ella está llegando. Sí, estamos llegando, ya sabes, creo que es una relación maravillosa y animamos a todos a estar allí porque cuantos más de nosotros hagamos esto mejor y más inclusivo y más solidario será todo nuestro entorno tecnológico y tú sabes, no todos tienen la oportunidad de trabajar para una cultura como Stitch Fix que tantos colegas increíbles y tuvo mentores directamente en Stitch Fix. Entonces, creo que ser capaz de ser esa luz, compartir eso afuera y traer a todos es súper importante.

Entonces, sí, si tienes alguna pregunta, estamos emocionados de charlar contigo al respecto. Por favor, ponte en contacto, tenemos nuestro LinkedIn y toda nuestra información con este programa y también tenemos correo electrónico y chat y notas. Pero sí, creo que eso es todo. No lo sé. Realmente apreciamos que todos hayan venido a ver nuestras charlas. Correcto. Y esperamos encontrarnos en persona por primera vez en Nueva York. Realmente esperamos esto. Cruza los dedos. Muchas gracias a todos. Gracias. Adiós. Adiós.

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This workshop will help you design a sustainable and profitable full-time (or part-time) freelancing career. We will give you tools, tips, best practices, and help you avoid common pitfalls.
Table of contents

Module 1: Dispelling common myths about freelancing
Module 2: What does freelancing look like in 2021 and beyond
Module 3: Freelancing choices and what to look for (and what to avoid)
Module 4: Benefits of freelancing from a freelancer + case study
BREAK
Module 6: How to get started freelancing (experience, resume, preparation)
Module 7: Common paths to full-time freelancing
Module 8: Essentials: setting your rate and getting work
Module 9: Next steps: networking with peers, upskilling, changing the world
Module 10: Freelancer AMA
Landing Your Next Developer Job
React Summit Remote Edition 2021React Summit Remote Edition 2021
121 min
Landing Your Next Developer Job
WorkshopFree
Sadek Drobi
Nouha Chhih
Francois Bohyn
3 authors
Renaud Bressant (Head of Product), Nathanael Lamellière (Head of Customer Success and Solution Engineer), Nouha Chhih (Developer Experience Manager) will be looking at the different developer jobs that you can accounter when looking for your next developer role. We'll be explaining the specifics of each role, to help you identify which one could be your next move. We'll also be sharing tips to help you navigate the recruitment process, based on the different roles we interviewed for as recruiters, but also as candidates. This will be more of an Ask Us Anything session, so don't hesitate to share your thoughts and questions during the session.