Tech Career Coaching

Also known as mentoring, JustPlainSimple helps anyone looking at entering, or is already in, the Tech industry. We will give a realistic view of the industry, as well as provide advice on where to take your career.

We work directly with people, not companies. All information is kept confidential.

Why is Mentoring Needed?

Unlike many other industries (trades, teaching, etc.) the tech industry does not have a formal apprenticeship or mentor structure. Many people often go into this industry without any idea of how the industry works, what is expected of them, and how they will fare.

For instance, most people are astonished at how quickly the tech industry evolves, sometimes in 6 to 9 month intervals. If you are new to the industry, you may feel overwhelmed by this fast-paced lifestyle. An analogy we like to use in this case is the first time you took an off-ramp, merging into fast-moving freeway traffic. It is exciting and yet nerve-racking the first few times you do it, but eventually it becomes easy to spot the traffic patterns and merge easily into the flow.

Another important piece of the tech industry that is missing is how software developers (programmers, system administrators, etc.) remain relevant as they age. Would you like to become a manager? Or would you like remain in a technical position? The decisions you make early in your career prepare you for when you need to act on those decisions. Our service helps you understand the implications of these decisions and how they relate to your goals, so that you can prepare your career for easy transition. Everyone should have the chance to speak with veterans in an industry. It is a shame that not everyone takes advantage of this, as it can often lead to a positive result in one's career.

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison

This is an important quote because it is the key to success in many industries. The best route to success is to first figure out all the wrong things, then focus on the right ones. Admittedly, this is expensive in both time and money; however, the cheapest way to do this is to learn from other people's successes and mistakes. Mentoring is one way to seek out this knowledge and profit from it.

How Does it Work?

To put it simply: we talk. We talk about any issues, concerns, or questions that you have about the tech industry and your experiences. After an initial consultation, we decide on a schedule that fits your needs. Before each meeting, you decide the topics that need to be discussed. These topics will be intermixed with important items that come out the our conversations. By the end of the meeting, there should be some resolution on some items, as well as some ideas on what to talk about for the next session. These sessions are not prescriptive, their structure evolves as needed.

Our conversations will take time, around 3 to 4 sessions on average, and ultimately we end every session with something for you to do or think about. Much of the coaching process is opening your mind to things that you've either overlooked or never realized were there.

This is a paid service, which means you will have the full, undivided attention of someone to help you navigate your Tech career. It also means that you are paying for a conversation with full confidentiality, and no pretense or bias.

The conversations can happen over email or in person, but the best results happen in person. In-person sessions have the advantage that the conversations are not proofread or rehearsed, allowing for a more natural and honest reaction. Many people are surprised by how much information is relayed in a simple non-verbal action like an eyeroll, but none of that information is communicated in an email.

How Much Does it Cost?

Prices are based on the level of interaction. Please note that only English communication is provided at this time.

All services are charged via invoice and must be paid upfront.

Email

$100/month
  • Private and Confidential
  • 10 emails per month
  • Response within 24 hours

In-Person

$100/session
  • Private and Confidential
  • 30 to 45 minute sessions
  • Metro Vancouver Area only