I’ve embarked on two new ventures for me in the last few weeks. The first is that I was made a Microsoft MVP for 2019-19 – this is a programme run by Microsoft that recognises community leaders and technical experts for the work they do in helping others learn and grow into becoming better developers and technologists. I’m really excited and proud to have been selected for the award for the work I do in helping to run DotNetNorth.
When I started getting the group going, the obvious aim was to provide free training, especially for people who found it difficult to get it from employers or who wanted to broaden their technical horizons; but equally importantly I wanted to ensure we were a space where technologists could socialise and network, make friends, find out about job openings and informally help each other. That part of the group dynamic has taken longer to grow, but as the group matures I’m beginning to see that realised and it’s very rewarding to be part of that.
Which brings me on to other new venture – becoming a mentor.
About a year ago, at one of the events we run, I met Trish Keating who had just moved to Manchester and joined UKFast to set up a start-up mentoring programme. After several attempts she finally persuaded me to join the ranks for the mentors for TechMcr and a few weeks ago we had a speed-dating session where mentors and mentees get matched. I’m looking forward to (hopefully) being a sounding board for a growing company and being able to provide some assistance from all the knowledge, triumphs and mistakes I have learnt in my career.