At Responsiv we see mentoring as key to the professional development of our graduate employees. A mentor and a mentee describe their experiences.
Dave has had many years’ experience working as an IT Consultant with IBM prior to joining Responsiv. He often mentors new members of the team and believes that a distinctive feature of mentoring in the Responsiv environment is that the team are all deep in hands-on delivery of projects: “The questions that arise come from real world problems rather than canned training exercises; this allows us together to explore the trade-offs and make pragmatic rather than academic decisions. I very much enjoy the collaborative culture here, which encourages me to find opportunities for my mentees to step up to new personal development opportunities.”
Ivo was an intern at Responsiv and then joined the team as a Technical Consultant after graduating from the University of Portsmouth: “I’ve had the chance to work closely and learn from two mentors. My first mentor introduced me to consulting and prepared me for working with clients. We worked together and collaborated on several projects before I started working independently on client contracts. They always supported me and helped me to build my confidence with clients. My second mentor has been our Senior Product Development Lead who I’ve been working with closely for the past few months. In that relatively short period of time, I’ve learnt a disproportionally large amount from feedback and discussions about a spectrum of topics – from DevOps and automation, through software and system architecture and development best practices, to particular technologies’ quirks and “gotchas”. Having a mentor in both cases has definitely been extremely beneficial for both my professional and personal growth. Alongside all the technical knowledge, I believe I’ve picked up quite a few soft skills as well, by learning from example. Nonetheless, I strongly believe that, to make the most out of a mentorship, one has to actively seek to expand their knowledge and to be open to critique and self-reflection – nothing comes of nothing.”