Those of you in the Software Engineering space, have you ever sought out mentorship outside of what you found in the workplace?

Right now I rely on my BS, audiobooks, and indirect mentorship from senior coworkers, but I wonder if there’s a better way to refine and hone my skills.

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Personally I always struggled to find a mentor. I found meetups and just genuinely showing an interest when you have an opportunity is the best way to form a relationship and pseudo-mentorship. If they turn out not to be the kind of person you can learn from, there’s nothing wrong with it being a cordial acquaintance. I started mentoring because I know how frustrating it is to find one, and have been surprised at just how much I’ve grown just by lending an ear and sharing experience.

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