My Experiences Mentoring and Why I Love It

Mentoring seems to be an aspect of career development that, in my experience, has been lacking. This was how I was feeling in the early stages of my career as a developer. After graduating from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) with a Bachelors of Technology, I found myself a little bit lost once I joined the workforce.

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My first employment was with a small non-profit organization, where I was hoping to learn and grow from a colleague who has more experience. Sadly, that was not the case. During my time there, I learned early on that I’m going to have to improve by myself quickly to succeed in this internship. This position, however, gave me my first opportunity to mentor a fellow intern who was not as well versed in the language we were using.

At this time, I never realized that what I was doing would be considered mentoring but it gave me a feeling of fulfillment and joy when my colleague started to succeed and improve. This was also the time where I started to develop ways of answering questions without answer the question itself but by steering them towards finding the answer.

As I move from company to company, I landed at a company that has given me the opportunity to further mentor more of my colleagues — from co-ops to even senior members of the team.

No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.
- Peter Drucker

With this opportunity, my growth and understanding of my craft has grown. Mentoring helped me see what I lack skill-wise and knowledge-wise regarding the subject in question. It gave me an insight on what topics I needed to reinforce and review.

At this time, I never realized that what I was doing would be considered mentoring but it gave me a feeling of fulfillment and joy when my colleague started to succeed and improve. This was also the time where I started to develop ways of answering questions without answer the question itself but by steering them towards finding the answer.

As I move from company to company, I landed at a company that has given me the opportunity to further mentor more of my colleagues — from co-ops to even senior members of the team.


I’m a developer currently working in Vancouver, Canada. I mainly work as a front-end developer and I still dabble in the back-end of things. Feel free to visit my website and follow me here as well as my different social media accounts!