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Mentorship Network

MATCHING TECH APPRENTICES & MENTORS

Creating Coding Careers + SDCS

The apprenticeship program at Creating Coding Careers (powered by San Diego Code School) is creating new collar career opportunities for diverse talent via a tech apprenticeship program by hiring developers from untapped communities and having them work alongside experienced developers on real projects for real companies. 

Apprentices work at Creating Coding Careers for 8-12 months, first going through an intense Full Stack bootcamp before transitioning to real company project work.  

Mentors make a huge difference in the career and personal development of software engineers lives. Mentors help the student develop skills that help the students advance farther and faster in their career. Does this sound like something you’re interested in?

We want you to become a mentor for our apprentices.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested but I am busy. What is the time commitment?

Minimal.  We ask that you commit to one hour a month with your mentee.

What are the benefits of being a mentor?

Community: 

  • Make a tangible difference in the lives of apprentices as they train for software engineering careers.
  • Support a talent pipeline of diverse candidates


Professional development: 

  • Raise awareness about implicit bias and increase your cultural competence through our professional development series 
  • Networking with other mentors
  • Diversify your network and develop cultural competence
  • Career coaching and leadership skills
  • Expand your knowledge of software engineering and QA
  • Gain access to SDSC’s robust network of apprentices and graduate
  • Participate in mentor events
  • Transform lives

I don’t have any experience being a mentor, can I still sign up?

Yes! We offer onboarding sessions once a month so that you come prepared with all the skills needed to mentor apprentices.

What are my responsibilities as a mentor?

Meet one-on-one with your student, for one hour per month during a time that works for you.


During that meeting, we hope that you:

  • Serve as a sounding board and listening ear and help uncover blind spots, abilities and passions to shape personal and career goals
  • Share insights and lessons learned from your own experiences
  • Help mentee grow professional network, develop strong relationships
  • Champion self learning and improvement: projects, courses and reading
  • Provide open, candid feedback and keep your conversations confidential

What does the relationship look like?

  • Build confidence
  • Resume/LinkedIn/application advice
  • Network introductions
  • Interview prep/mock interviews
  • Offer negotiation
  • Life and financial guidance 

How do I promote this in my network?

We love referrals for more mentors! Share this page with your network so others can fill out the interest form. 

Please follow these steps and become a mentor:

STEP 01
Complete the info form

By filling out the short form here  you'll streamline the remaining process that happens all online.

STEP 02
Onboard and get matched

Soon after, we will onboard you and you'll be matched with an apprentice based on interest.

STEP 03
Invest one hour per month

Meet once a month for an hour. We will support you with training and resources. That's it!

Benefits

❤ Community: 

  • Support a talent pipeline of diverse candidates
  • Make a tangible difference in the lives of apprentices as they train for software engineering careers
  • Transform lives

🙌🏿 Professional Development:

  • Support a talent pipeline of diverse candidates.
  • Raise awareness about implicit bias and increase your cultural competence
  • Network with other mentors
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Expand your knowledge of software engineering and QA
  • Gain access to SDSC’s robust network of apprentices and graduates 

Share your professional experience, insights, journey, and more importantly increase your cultural competence.
Cultural competence is critical for creating inclusive engineering teams and retaining talent.

Sign up

If you are interested in volunteering or getting more info please signup below and we will let you know next steps. 

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