What’s Better than a College Degree? Mentorship.

Eric Elliott
Apr 3, 2016 · 3 min read
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[Updated August 2017]

According to the 2016 Stack Overflow survey of over 56,000 coders, mentorship programs correlate with higher pay than a college degree. I’ve always suggested that students find a good mentor, but with that kind of data-backed endorsement, I thought we should do a little more.

I’m an application consultant for companies ranging from hot startups to fortune 500 giants. I’m the author of “Programming JavaScript Applications” (O’Reilly), and EricElliottJS.com and contributor to software experiences for Adobe Systems, Zumba Fitness, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, BBC, and top recording artists including Usher, Frank Ocean, Metallica, and many more.

My blog posts attract half a million readers per month. I speak at conferences around the world, and students pay hundreds of dollars to attend my master class workshops in a classroom environment packed with other students.

I’m partnered with JS Cheerleader, who works with hiring managers from the top tech companies in the business. She offers the best tech career advice you’ll ever get. Together, we have a bird’s eye view of what skills the industry is looking for, and what companies value in potential engineering hires.

Over the past couple years, people have been asking if I would consider one-on-one mentorship. We decided to give it a try. We ran a 6-month pilot program with dozens of mentees. We learned a lot of great lessons and developed a highly effective curriculum for JavaScript developers who want to level up into advanced JavaScript skills and take on senior level challenges.

We built the first long-term subscription JavaScript mentorship program designed and operated by an experienced team who interview, hire, and lead JavaScript developers for a living.

It’s time to introduce the world to DevAnywhere.io — a weekly 1:1 remote mentorship subscription program.

How Will We Meet?

We’ll meet online via video chat for pair programming, and you’ll get links to a ton of great materials to study on your own time after each session.

What Will We Talk About?

The strength of mentorship is that we can build on your existing skills and move at your own pace. We’ll interview you to discover your strengths and the gaps you need to focus on. We’ll put you on the fast-track to advanced JavaScript mastery.

Here is a small selection of topics:

In particular, we’ll talk in-depth about software composition techniques using functional programming and object composition as the essential tools of application design. These topics are usually overlooked in other training resources, but learning them can have a profound impact on the quality of the software you produce.

They’ll help you build code that is much easier to understand and maintain over time.

Who Should Apply?

This program is not for absolute beginners. Some JavaScript experience is required. If you know enough to land an entry level job developing JavaScript applications, you should be ready.

The ideal candidate is already a JavaScript developer looking to step up from entry level or mid-level jobs into positions requiring advanced JavaScript skills.

If you’d like to:

This program is for you.

Are You Ready to Move Up?

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Eric Elliott is the author of “Programming JavaScript Applications” (O’Reilly), and “Learn JavaScript with Eric Elliott”. He has contributed to software experiences for Adobe Systems, Zumba Fitness, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, BBC, and top recording artists including Usher, Frank Ocean, Metallica, and many more.

He works anywhere he wants with the most beautiful woman in the world.

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