At some point of time, the Senior Developers working in a team should take the initiative to mentor the junior developers who joins their team. This requires the people to share their knowledge and help the young developers genuinely to become a better developer.
In Software development, it takes some time for the developers to understand the process and grasp the knowledge and skills necessary and hence if one does the mentoring , it should not just be for a couple of weeks but instead be for long time.
Benefits for the Developers Mentoring Junior Developers
Below are some of the Benefits for the Developer who mentors junior developers.
1. Evaluate and Update Your Skills
When you want to mentor the junior developers, it is necessary for you to be updated on the technologies/ topics. By mentoring, you will be refreshing the knowledge that you already know and also let you know what you know by yourself. There are chances that you will learn something from the other side too.
2. There are chances that the relationship with the mentee can grow from the colleague / mentor to good friendship overtime.
3. Visibility within your team/organization that you are a kind of leader helping out your junior developers will increase.
4. Your Development Style (if good) can be transferred to other developers and this might work well if you are in the same team which could bring in more consistency.