After the first time meet up with the mentor, I wrote an email to my CTO to seek his advice. He replied saying that email was not an email, it was a conversation. He spent some time to reply me with 3 emails and I summarized them with two things he wanted me to think about.
How long would I want to be a software developer?
After I switched my career into BI development, I involved in some coding works. I did some few years back as a .net software engineer. I would not want to do coding forever, I can code once a while, but I wanted to keep moving, learn new things, gain knowledge in those areas that interest me.
What I want to do?
When I told him what I wanted to do, I gave him a vast area of interests. He tried to explain each of them except things related to data science and data analytics. So, when I replied him, I made a clearer statement, I loved to work with data and slightly narrowed down my scope by telling him what I expected to achieve in near future.
Up to this point, I am glad that he listened and supported me. Making sure I articulate my interest and have my voice and presence is important for other to have a good understanding of who you are. Direct and open is essential for success.
Getting a mentor.
Find someone who appreciates you and your skill and that is in a position to support you. That person has to be well respected, senior and their opinions need to carry a lot of weight.
Lastly, do not be afraid to ask question when you do not know something. When I first started the data science course in Coursera, I remembered the first words I learned is curiosity.
“There are going to be people who don’t like the way you do something or don’t like you for any particular reason. Don’t let the fear of that hold you back—there’s so much potential out there.” – https://techbeacon.com/women-software-development-8-success-stories-5-tips-advancement.