I've talked about mentoring before and even mentioned it a few times in my books and videos. After all, it's an integral part of learning data science and A.I., among other fields. However, not all mentoring is created equal, and that's probably one of the most valuable lessons to learn in education. Unfortunately, to learn such a lesson you usually have to rely on your own experiences (since not many people want to talk about this matter).
Nowadays, everyone can sign up to particular sites and pretend to be a mentor. Sites like that often offer this for free since they know that charging for such a low-quality service would make them liable to lawsuits. However, the learner of data science and other fields often lacks the discernment to see such places for what they are in reality. Fortunately, however, there are much better alternatives.
Across the web, some sites provide proper mentoring, usually at a reasonable price, for all sorts of disciplines, including data science and A.I., among other fields. Many of these sites incorporate mentoring as part of their educational services, which include online classes too. However, that's not always the case. Someone can mentor you in your field of choice without having to follow a curriculum. This option is particularly appealing to professionals and people who have a relatively full schedule.
Proper mentoring involves various things, such as the following:
* career advice
* putting together a good resume or CV
* interview practice (particularly technical interviews)
* feedback on hands-on projects
Ideally, mentoring is a long-term process, though you can also opt for a handful of sessions to tackle specific problems you need help with. As long as you have an open mind, a willingness to learn, and value your mentor’s time, you are good to go. Naturally, bringing a specific task into the mentoring session can also be very useful, as it can help make it focused and productive.
By the way, if you wish to work with me as a mentee, I have some availability these months. What's more, I have set up a way to schedule these sessions efficiently using Calendly and have established collaboration with a freelance platform to handle payments and such (my Kwork link). So, if you are up for some proper mentoring, feel free to give me a buzz. Cheers!
Zacharias Voulgaris, PhD
Passionate data scientist with a foxy approach to technology, particularly related to A.I.