How to mentor 

​Once you start getting experience, you’ll find other developers asking for your help. I started tutoring at university so that I could help, and reflect and improve my own knowledge. 

Mentoring isn’t about answers. It’s about learning how to find the answer. The most interesting problems we deal with are the ones that no-one knows how to do. 

When someone asks for help, help them to help themselves. You need to start asking questions to help them find their own way. 

A successful mentor makes themselves obsolete quickly, but remains available to keep asking questions. A successful mentoring process leaves the learner with autonomy and support. 

My favourite quote from my tutoring days was a pair who, after I asked them enough questions to finish the tasks, said “I like you because you make me feel smart”. 

If you’re hiring the right people, they will be smart. Make sure the mentoring and onboarding reforces that. Smart, confident people are the ones who solve problems. 

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