Data Science & Analytics, Experience Sharing, Web Development

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want

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.

Be yourself.
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.

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Data Science & Analytics, Experience Sharing

Mentorship Program

It was back in February 2018 when I saw the mentorship program under the Data Science user group. Like everyone else who wanted to be mentored, it was a golden opportunity to get advice and guidance from the experienced people and move into this field. Two months later, I received an email notification from the user group and informed me I was chosen to be part of the program.

Know your mentor before meet up.

Alright, I should admit, I did not know anyone from the list of the mentors and I did not do any further checks on their profiles to find who is the most suitable person to be my mentor before submitting the application. I did not do an extensive search on my mentor’s profile, I just did not want to appear to be a stalker.

Know what you want.

Our first meet up was a bit awkward as I appeared to be unprepared and I was confused what should a mentor do and what should a mentee do. I wanted to understand what mentor has had to do so I can figure out what path I should take. However, the mentor asked me what I want to do. At that moment, I was not clear.

Mutual mentorship.

Do not underestimate the mutual benefits of the constructive mentor-mentee relationship for both parties. For the mentors, the satisfaction of helping someone else achieve his or her goals is undeniable. My mentor has asked me to read up more articles and blogs to get more sense of the information and resources and attend the regular user group meet up.