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Mentoring Developers is a podcast for new and aspiring software engineers and their mentors. In each information-packed episode, senior and junior software professionals talk about their first forays into programming, their struggles, their goals and passions, their thoughts on mentorship, actionable advice for newbies and their managers, and much more. This podcast is for you if you have ever struggled with or wanted to help someone with technical and career decisions, resources for learning, anxieties, fitting in, or achieving success.



A new or aspiring software developer is faced with a multitude of hurdles on her way to becoming a respected and accomplished member of the development community. Is there anything better than throwing them in the deep end of tight development schedules and hope they survive?



In many years of working with and mentoring new and aspiring software developers, Arsalan has noticed that newbies often struggle in silence and the software development industry has failed to provide a clear path for people to succeed and to understand their needs especially when it comes to minorities, women, and people with disabilities.



It's about time someone talked about these issues from the point of view of new developers. This podcast calls for empathy towards the inexperienced developer who may not fit the mold of a "brogrammer" but deserves to be treated as an asset rather than a liability.

The Mentoring Developers Podcast with Arsalan Ahmed: Interviews with mentors and apprentices | Career and Technical Advice ‪|‬ The Mentoring Developers Podcast with Arsalan Ahmed: Interviews with mentors and apprentices | Career and Technical Advice | Diversity in Software | Struggles, Anxieties, and Career Choices

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Mentoring Developers is a podcast for new and aspiring software engineers and their mentors. In each information-packed episode, senior and junior software professionals talk about their first forays into programming, their struggles, their goals and passions, their thoughts on mentorship, actionable advice for newbies and their managers, and much more. This podcast is for you if you have ever struggled with or wanted to help someone with technical and career decisions, resources for learning, anxieties, fitting in, or achieving success.



A new or aspiring software developer is faced with a multitude of hurdles on her way to becoming a respected and accomplished member of the development community. Is there anything better than throwing them in the deep end of tight development schedules and hope they survive?



In many years of working with and mentoring new and aspiring software developers, Arsalan has noticed that newbies often struggle in silence and the software development industry has failed to provide a clear path for people to succeed and to understand their needs especially when it comes to minorities, women, and people with disabilities.



It's about time someone talked about these issues from the point of view of new developers. This podcast calls for empathy towards the inexperienced developer who may not fit the mold of a "brogrammer" but deserves to be treated as an asset rather than a liability.

    Episode 90 – How to get your first job after bootcamp

    Episode 90 – How to get your first job after bootcamp

    Kim started her software engineering career during the pandemic from scratch. She lost her job and started learning code from a bootcamp. In 4 months she got a job as a software engineer. Watch as she describes her experience.

    YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/9ss1KedFLvo

    Kim’s Bio:

    My whole life’s purpose is to be helpful to other people. Originally, that desire led me to pursue a career in hospitality, where I could directly impact the one-to-one consumer experience through her attention to detail, clear communication, and forward-thinking. After moving to the US, I regained touch with my innate curiosity. Through the perspectives of new friends I’ve made in the US, I realize that I had long ago shut off a valuable part of my mind – one that was more about seeking and exploring. But this led me to a career crossroads.

    I started looking into other options, harkening back to her childhood self, when her desire for answers sent her on interesting rabbit trails that led to even more questions. I was always looking for things and asking questions and making things that were crafty. I started thinking, what can bring me that sort of excitement again?

    A friend suggested me try coding but I brushed off the idea at first because I’d never worked with computers in any serious way.

    Then one day, I decided to try it on a whim, taught myself some Javascript and enrolled to Hack Reactor’s immersive program. I realized that with software engineering, I can make an even bigger impact because the world is changing so fast, only software can keep up.

    After the bootcamp, I landed her current job as a Software Engineer at Intellivision Entertainment, a company whose mission is to unite people through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. work on the infrastructure cloud team, doing backend work to build out services for consumers. I have a lot of autonomy on the job, but simultaneously feels like part of a passionate, supportive team with mentors and coworkers all working together toward common goals.

    Episode Highlights and Show Notes:

    List of topics

    0:07 – So tell us the story of how you got your first job during COVID Pandemic!

    2:14 – What was it like going to a demanding coding bootcamp?

    3:44 – Which technologies were taught in your bootcamp?

    4:49 – How did you approach looking for your first job out of bootcamp?

    6:24 – How much does it cost to go to a good bootcamp like Hack Reactor?

    7:24 – During the COVID Pandemic, are the classes virtual instead of in-person?

    9:40 – Do bootcamp offer guidance and mentoring and if so what does it look like?

    11:01 – Is it hard to be accepted as a software engineer without many years of experience?

    12:30 – How did you prepare for your interview to get your first job?

    14:45 – Did you find it overwhelming in your first job when you started right out of a coding

    bootcamp?

    17:17 – Did it get easier after the first week as a new developer in your first job?

    18:30 – How long have you been working at your first job?

    18:40 – Is there anything you are passionate about?

    19:31 – How can people get in touch with you?

    20:04 – Salutations

    Kim’s links:



    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimhienluu



    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4xmSi1ytopsssR1i3kKveg

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    • 24 min
    Episode 88 – Burton Smith: How To Breakthrough In Tech

    Episode 88 – Burton Smith: How To Breakthrough In Tech

    Burton Smith’s Bio:

    Burton Smith is a senior software engineer at Bunzl North America where he works with internal business stakeholders and external customers to build digital solutions.

    He is the creator of the Clarion style framework for design systems (projectclarion.com) as well as Kickstand UI which is a design system based on web components that can be used everywhere (kickstand-ui.com).

    In his free time, he loves spending time with his wife and three daughters, practicing martial arts, jamming on his ukulele, and learning new things (usually about software engineering).

    List of topics

    We discuss: 



    What got Burton into the tech industry?

    A quote that inspired him to change his perspective. 

    What drew him towards technology?

    How to apply Einstein’s philosophy in your daily life.

    What does it take to get better at anything?

    Why it is important to surround yourself with things related to the tech industry

    Imposter syndrome is still prevalent in the tech/software industry.

    How imposter syndrome affects newcomers

    Why GitHub is a great platform for newbies

    Why work-life balance is important and how you should find it.

    How you should communicate with your co-workers.

    About the upcoming tutorial video.



    Burton Smith’s Links:



    * Twitter: https://twitter.com/stuffbreaker

    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/burton-smith-48132a34/

    * E-Mailing: burton@breakstuff.io



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    • 40 min
    Episode 89 – Burton on design systems and KickStand-UI

    Episode 89 – Burton on design systems and KickStand-UI

    YouTube Demo: https://youtu.be/n-tuU-PlTvE

    Burton’s Bio:

    Burton Smith is a senior software engineer at Bunzl North America where he works with internal business stakeholders and external customers to build digital solutions.

    He is the creator of the Clarion style framework for design systems (projectclarion.com) as well as Kickstand UI which is a design system based on web components that can be used everywhere (kickstand-ui.com).

    In his free time, he loves spending time with his wife and three daughters, practicing martial arts, jamming on his ukulele, and learning new things (usually about software engineering).

    Important Links

    Burton Smith’s Links:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/stuffbreaker

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/burton-smith-48132a34/

    E-Mailing: burton@breakstuff.io

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4xmSi1ytopsssR1i3kKveg





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    • 29 min
    Episode 87 – Rocky Lhotka: How to be successful in tech

    Episode 87 – Rocky Lhotka: How to be successful in tech

    Discover how Rocky Lhotka got his start as a software developer without a computer and went on to become a tech CTO. In this amazing story of resilience, Rocky shows us the path for the rest of us to follow. What a remarkable story!

    Rocky’s Bio:

    Rockford Lhotka is CTO at Cognizant Softvision and is the creator of the open-source CSLA .NET development framework. He is the author of numerous books and regularly speaks at major conferences around the world. Rockford is a member of the Microsoft Regional Director and MVP programs. Magenic (https://magenic.com) helps you deliver your digital products to market faster. For more information go to http://lhotka.net.

    Episode Highlights and Show Notes:

    List of topics



    * Rocky’s origin story – what got him into the software industry?

    * What drives Rocky?

    * What problems do new software developers face?

    * Rocky’s college experience

    * What you need to keep in mind while in college.

    * Internship tips

    * How to build a killer resume while in college

    * What Rocky looks for when hiring new developers

    * What skills you need as a software consultant

    * Type of companies to avoid when looking for a new job

    * Why finding a good mentor and role model is important

    * New technology vs Old Technology

    * Rocky offers additional pointers to new and aspiring developers



    Rocky’s Links

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockyLhotka

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockylhotka

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rockfordlhotka

    Website: https://lhotka.net/

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    • 46 min
    Episode 86 – Career Advice From A Bootcamp Instructor!

    Episode 86 – Career Advice From A Bootcamp Instructor!

    List of topics



    * Intro

    * We discuss why we love computers and how it’s a creative escape

    * How Code schools give you targeted information and don’t leave you in messy student debt

    * The opportunity inherent in the software industry

    * What challenges new coders are facing and why imposter syndrome is common in the software industry

    * What are employers looking for and how to sell yourself

    * How to convince someone to hire you

    * How to get started in software development

    * How software is eating everything

    * Why a coding bootcamp may be better than a 4-year college degree

    * What college won’t teach you





    Matt’s Bio:

    Matt Eland is committed to helping people achieve greater things through programming. After over three decades of coding Matt put away his mechanical keyboard and made teaching his primary job as he looks to help others grow through his role as an Instructor at Tech Elevator. Matt specializes in .NET and JavaScript technologies and has been working extensively with .NET since beta 2 back in 2001 and with JavaScript and TypeScript “since they were fun”. Matt currently helps lead the Central Ohio .NET Developer Group (CONDG) and is an active speaker in the community. Matt’s current side project, Side.dev, can be described as a free web-based social project management application for developers. Side.dev is intended as a way of encouraging new developers to gain momentum by sharing progress on their side projects, finding an encouraging community, and learn new technologies which may be beneficial to them. Side.dev is in active development and will hit closed alpha on December 18th. You can get in touch with Matt via Twitter at @IntegerMan, LinkedIn, or E-Mailing admin@Side.dev

    Matt’s Links

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/integerman

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/MattEland

    E-Mailing: admin@Side.dev

    YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/matteland

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    • 43 min
    Episode 85 – Oscar wins the battle!

    Episode 85 – Oscar wins the battle!

    Oscar’s Bio:

    Oscar is a Mexican-born Chicago-raised Software Engineer with experience in supply chain management. He has an obsession with fountain pens and making sure everyone feels safe. Oscar has a passion for helping folks of underrepresented communities break into tech and support them throughout their career. He currently fulfills this passion by helping organize People of Color Code, a Meetup, and a group that shares his same ideologies of making tech careers accessible. He has also recently launched a new podcast, Casual Viernes, a collaboration with LatinXAmerica Media in order to increase the representation and stories of Latinx folks.

    Watch it on YouTube!

    Important Links



    * www.instagram.com/countaightblah

    * www.twitter.com/countaightblah

    * www.peopleofcolorcode.com

    * https://www.latinxamericamedia.com/casual-viernes



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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Highly recommend for new devs!!

If you’re a new software developer, are a dev looking to move into management or have any desire to learn what it’s like to build software on a daily basis - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Arsalan does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to building elegant software and learning on the job. It's fun, easy to dive into and every episode gives you a chance to learn something new. Highly recommend listening and subscribing regardless of where you are in your developer journey!

RichardDev ,

Terrific for those new to software development or those hiring new devs

If you are an aspiring or new developer this podcast will provide you with some much needed guidance and support. This is the only podcast that I found that a newbie could understand and relate to. The podcast addresses some common issues, concerns and sources of confusion that most people new to the field encounter. The host, Arsalan, clearly really cares about mentoring developers and does this as a service to the community.

dawidgatti ,

It truly help you understand this world

Definelty a perfect podcast for young developers wanting to udnerstand how to go about becommign a good developer.

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