[Edit 12/16/2022:the deadline for submissions is now closed.]
In 2015 I mentored 54 people for six months.
In 2020 I mentored 37 people on-and-off for over a year.
In 2023 I’ll be mentoring ?…
Why do I do it? I get nothing from this; I just like doing it.
I find it hugely rewarding to help people in a wide variety of non-technical subjects, including:
- General career development
- Deciding whether or not to change jobs
- Becoming a consultant
- Résumé review and enhancement
- How to hire people
- Increasing influence
- Learning how to work with their manager
- Communication skills (e.g. writing emails, writing documents, writing clearly)
- Community exposure
- Value of certifications
- Managing a team
- Persuasion skills
- Questioning skills
- Dealing with stress and frustration
- Work/life balance
- Presentation skills and public speaking
- Time management
- Evaluating SQL Server skill set
- Goal setting
- Dealing with people
- Mentoring people
If I remember correctly, in the last round I think I helped 7 or so people decide to change jobs for a better work environment suited to their goals, and several people to start public speaking (some of whom spoke at PASS a few weeks ago!). It was hugely satisfying to help so many people with their careers and lives, in a non-technical capacity.
Now it’s time to do it again, so this blog post serves as a call for prospective mentees!
Please read the rest of this post carefully, so you’re clear how this works. We’re making a time commitment to each other so I want to be up-front about a few things.
Here are some rules for how I do this:
- Everything is done over email, no exceptions. I like asynchronous. And sometimes I might not be able to reply for a week or two.
- I only speak English, but I’m more than happy to work with anyone as long as I can understand what English you have.
- Mentoring will begin January 1, 2023 and end sometime in June, 2023.
- This isn’t SQL Server consulting or mentoring, it’s about you. I will not answer technical questions about SQL Server, no exceptions. But things like what to learn, how to learn, and so on are fair game.
- What you get out of this depends on what you put in – I won’t chase you up to reply to anything I send.
- My mentoring style is very blunt and honest and I do not sugar-coat things. I don’t mean I’m rude, I’m just clear and direct with my feedback and advice. If that’s going to offend or upset you, don’t enter.
- There are some topics I will refuse to discuss, including politics and religion. Full list disclosed to those who qualify.
Here’s how to put yourself on the list:
- Important: you cannot have been part of the Class of 2015 or the Class of 2020-1.
- Write a blog post explaining why you would like to be mentored, and then post a link to your post as a comment on this post (it won’t appear right away as comments are moderated due to the amount of spam comments). No blog post, no entry in the list, no exceptions.
- Really, no exceptions means no exceptions. Same as in the past when I’ve been asked.
- Don’t make the post about me, make it about you. I already know about me :-) Think career, not technical problems.
- You’ve got until Thursday 15th December at 23:59:59 PST – entries after that will not be considered.
- Comments are moderated – you won’t see your comment until I approve it (which after 7-ish PST won’t be until the next morning) so no need to post multiple comments.
If this gets you to start a new blog or reactivate an old blog, so much the better!
I don’t know how many people I’ll decide to mentor this time around, and will likely just number everyone who wrote a good blog post and use a random function to pick X names. X will be between 10 and 50. What does ‘good blog post’ mean? You put some obvious thought and effort into it, but it’s at my sole discretion. I don’t care who you are, how old you are, where you are, who you work for, what gender you identify as, or how good your English is; you have as equal a chance of being picked as anyone else who wrote a good post.
Don’t like the rules or how to enter? No problem – but they’re not up for discussion, so just don’t enter :-)
I’ll pick the Class of 2023 and announce them in a blog post some time before Wednesday, 21st December, so you’ll need to watch for that post, which will ask you to email me. Note: if you are picked, your name and a link to your post will be published in that post. If you want to be anonymous online, write under a pseudonym and email me so I know who you are, and I’ll use the pseudonym in the blog post.
Have fun – I look forward to helping a bunch of you!