Joyful greetings for the day! :) My name is Mohnish and it's nice to have you here :) I'd like to start with sharing a story of how I met my first tech industry mentor: When I had gone to a tech conference in Bangalore, India, that's where I met my first industry specific mentor in a more casual setting of life. After that event, he wasn't actually my mentor officially, nor was I his mentee but over a period of staying in touch, he did become my mentor even though I don't remember officially asking him the question - "Will you be my mentor?". This person shaped my thinking and perspectives for the better in tech and also played an important role in making me a better person overall. Why do I care about mentorship?: At different times in my own career, I've found myself in situations with not enough clarity to decide what's the right thing to do as a next step. What I've come to realise is that mentorship has given me a perspective to consider things that I may have not factored in or sometimes it has been helpful to me to even validate my own thinking process at different occasions in my life & that in it's own ways has been very helpful to me and is something I'm truly grateful for 🙏. I find true joy and happiness in enabling people to be a better version of themselves 🙂 I'm very grateful to have had my first mentor and many other mentors in my life and through this platform I intend to do the very little I can to pay it forward by sharing a perspective for your consideration and I'd be really glad if that is useful to you and/or your growth in one's life journey 🙂 What's my professional experience thus far been like: I've been a backend programmer for 12+ years and I've worked as a lead dev for 1.5 years of my career thus far and have had wonderful opportunities to work in tech companies in India, South East Asia(Singapore) & Europe(Germany) and also an onsite opportunity to work out of the UK for a few months. I started off as a junior programmer and although my last official role was that of a Senior Backend engineer, I have had wonderful opportunities to wear different hats in my life throughout my career including operating as a engineering manager in various capacities and having an opportunity to even learn and practice skills like emotional intelligence as a programmer and still deliver quality work in the face of adversities. I do have past experience in: Leading teams and projects, building a culture that fosters trust, collaboration, inclusiveness & a sense of belonging, supporting people in their growth, hiring, using agile methodologies, owning & delivering projects end to end. This includes varied experiences with onboarding people, removing roadblocks proactively & otherwise, advocating usage of the right tools, setting up alignment meetings, taking up project management & stakeholder communication work, using negotiation skills, facilitating meetings, fixing process gaps, incident management & tying it with delivery, directly interacting with customers via different platforms, collaborating with other developers as part of company related partnerships/integrations & also doing live customer demos. Also, I do have past experience of sharing & receiving feedback with my peers & junior colleagues & as a result of this I have had my own learnings along the way in the art of giving & receiving feedback & also handling emotions that come along with some of these conversations at varying times. In the context of people development, my people skills have helped me be a better mentor/tutor to colleagues at work & they have even helped me be a better coach/speaker/facilitator/co-organizer with my participation in the tech communities in Bangalore, Singapore & Berlin to share my two cents of learnings along the way. I’ve specifically been an ex co-organizer of Ruby meetups in Bangalore, a coach at Rails Girls Bangalore & at Code Curious workshops, Open Tech School & Codebar events in Berlin & at a Codebar event in the UK. I've also had an opportunity to be a mentor on Exercism.io's Ruby track. It was through one of these meetups, I had a wonderful opportunity to mentor a woman of a certain age to help her eventually land her first tech job. Currently: In terms of mentoring, I continue to be available as a mentor through this platform and also work as a freelance software developer(backend/full stack) and consultant on areas related to software development and some of the above mentioned topics like communication, Engineering Values: Why, What and How, building endurance and resilience teams, creating a work culture that is centered around: values, feedback, listening, psychological safety, diversity, equity, inclusion and sense of belonging. Additional areas where I could be of service as a consultant include: leadership development, conflict mediation, emotional intelligence, coaching and also building self-organising/autonomous teams. My approach to mentorship: "Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't" - Bill Nye. As much as I may be able to share my two cents, I'm sure there's something or the other that I will get to learn from the other person. I value asking the right questions and having open ended discussions instead of telling what one may have to do. I believe in the power of hope and in enabling people to think for themselves and own their decisions through the two cents of inputs I may be able to bring up for their consideration. Last but not the least :) : 1. If I can be of use in any way, even if it doesn't cover one of the mentoring topics mentioned below, please feel free to ask 😊 2. I've come to realise there are certain things in my life that I cannot see/come to know for myself, as much as I may attempt to try. Those are the things that have been truly eye opening for me in many ways in my life and I've come to only realise them through the means of one's valuable feedback to me and that way I request and invite you to catch me and be honest with me 2.1: If something that I said or did(or didn't say/do) that contributes less to your well being. 2.2: Similarly, I invite you to catch me when through the role I attempt to play through this platform contributes to your well being I intend to have open ended conversations in the service of mutual learning and in an attempt to both of us trying to be a better version of ourselves through each session that connects us.

My Mentoring Topics

  • Building Connection amongst people
  • Building genuine and meaningful relationships with people
  • Communication(verbal, body language, cues, tone, written etc.,)
  • Self Improvement(through self awareness, reflection, observation, planning, journaling etc.,)
  • Building endurance and resilience in teams
  • Creating a work culture that is centered around values, feedback, listening, psychological safety, diversity, equity, inclusion and sense of belonging
  • Engineering Values - Why, What and How
  • Leadership(Leading teams, leading projects, being a better leader)
  • Building self-organising/autonomous teams
  • Applying for Freelancer Visa in Germany as an Expat and learnings of being a Freelancer in Germany
  • Life of an Expat Freelancer in Germany and learnings along the way
  • Getting a Software Engineer job abroad as an employee(Have personal experiences of being one in Germany, Singapore)
  • Becoming a better coach and mentor
  • Team work(having a team mission, purpose, building better teams, working agreement etc.,)
  • Software development related processes(having efficient meetings, facilitation, identifying & fixing process gaps etc.,)
  • Giving and receiving feedback(timing, techniques, handling emotions etc.,)
  • Interview preparation - Resume writing/review, cover letter writing/review, general tips, Preparing for different rounds for a Backend Software Engineer role
  • Hiring(Preparing different interview types, Preparing more meaningful and more inclusive Job Descriptions, Hiring for people from Diverse and Underrepresented backgrounds etc.,)
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Mind Management
  • Energy Management
  • Time management
  • Becoming a better programmer
  • Becoming a better Ruby developer
  • Getting a Software engineer job
  • Career Development
  • Contributing to Open Source(through code and documentation contributions) as a programmer
  • Other ways of contributing to the Open Source Community(Blogging, Speaking at meetups/conferences, coaching, organising and facilitating meetups)
  • Being a sounding board: I've often come to realise through some of my own experiences of what it feels like to be truly listened to and it's honestly something that at times, words aren't enough to describe what it meant to me. That and if required, having an opportunity to validate's one thoughts are potentially useful in different ways, and I'm happy to be that sounding board for another person
  • Yoga and meditation for one's personal well-being
K.
1.June 2024

The session was amazing. The mentor sorted out a lot of confusions in my head. Thank you sir:)

A.
21.April 2024

Super helpful to get some stress out of my back, and stop feeling alone in my journey to become a software developer.

B.
24.March 2024

Mohnish was very empathetic and patient in providing career clarity and actionable steps on how to make the career progress I required. He also went out of his way to provide many helpful resources. I ended the call with clarity on what to do and how to make tangible progress in my career.

v.
8.August 2021

Yes it was quite useful for me as i am looking for someone to guide ,someone to tell me what i am doing wrong what should i correct in myself , and lastly i was looking for confidence in myself and it was in myself you just have given me the direction to it and it worked. all i can say is after talking to you first time i got the confidence to tell to seek help from someone. thank you so much for this

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