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How to be a mentor

Hello JavaScript Air friends!

Join us as we chat with Colt McAnlis (@duhroach), Jed Watson (@JedWatson), Kim Crayton (@KimCrayton1), and Taras Mankovski (@EmberSherpa) for Episode 35: How to be a mentor!

With so many new developers coming into the JavaScript world, there’s never been a greater need for experienced developers to mentor and teach others. In this episode we’ll chat with some experts on how to be an effective mentor.

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From this episode:

“You’re encouraging people to come into tech, make it safer for them to stay in tech. That’s the issue. So, you have thousands of people every day coming into this field, but will they stay here because they have the support they need to become the developers they want to become?”

Kim Crayton, on the value of diverse perspectives in tech

Picks, Links and Tips from this episode


Kim Crayton, @KimCrayton1

Links Tips
  • Mentoring Minutes
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Find opportunities to teach what you’ve learned

Jed Watson, @JedWatson


Taras Mankovski, @EmberSherpa

  • You will always know more than most people who started learning after you. So, don’t sell yourself short and give yourself room to be comfortable.

Colt McAnlis, @duhroach

Links Tips
  • Learn Data Compression
  • Take training on how to be a manager

Kent C. Dodds, @kentcdodds

Links Tips
  • Spread things out, reduce commitments
  • Make stuff public

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