Written by Jay Lin Nov. 14, 2022
Why did you decide to become a mentor?
I decided to become a mentor because I have experienced with self-taught web programming. I find it difficult to learn it without mentors’ help. As well as, I did not know where I am able to look for courses because there are too many online courses online 😔. I understand how I compared to students with CS/IT degrees to launch my first job and so on… questions.
I decided to become a mentor to assist students with learning programming.
How did you get your career start?
My background is in design and I believe that learning coding is beneficial for my career. When I learn HTML5 and CSS3, I really loved it.
Gradually, I moved into development because I want to make my own portfolio :). With strong UX/ UI design background, I believe that front-end engineering fits my career.
Coding is not easy at the beginning. However, when I had an idea or goal, it makes me easy to finish my coding task 😃
How do you usually set up mentorships?
I usually will see their portfolio or experience to see their level and understand their goals.
Next, I will teach them how to make it different from others by thinking about users’ perspectives and design thinking processes not all of the coding.
What I really want to look for in my mentees is to learn front-end development. Meanwhile, we spend time learning UX/UI so your Linkedin, resume, the portfolio will stand out from other candidates.
We have small tasks for design challenges. Also, you will get hands-on tasks while learning certain topics with their own challenges topics.
What’s been your favourite mentorship story so far?
A few weeks ago, some of my mentees got into their first job. We redesign resume/portfolio/Linkedin reviews and talked about UX/UI discussion. They told me what they have learned so far. Not only do they learn how to code, but they also have experienced the importance of UX/UI design.
I am proud of me to assist my mentees with amazing achievements.
Everyone’s level is different. I do my best to ensure my mentees will reach their goals and enjoy the full benefits of learning from each other.
What are you getting out of being a mentor?
Being a mentor helps me to keep myself up to date and learn new concepts. Mentees have different goals that they want to achieve so I will have more opportunities to keep myself on the cutting edge of technology.
Also, I am keen on providing design feedback to my mentees so they are able to learn UX/UI knowledge with strong front-end development skills.
Trying suitable approaches to explaining different concepts is beneficial for me to run efficient mentorships. It also helps me communicate better to know how to give them the best learning experience.
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