How do I choose a mentor?All mentors are divided into categories and specializations. But just choosing the right category is not enough to find a perfect mentor for you. You need to start with setting a precise goal of your studies. What kind of a developer do you want to be? What kind of tasks are you going to solve at your future job? Carefully look through the mentors’ profiles to choose the one who suit your needs best or contact us and we’ll help you with the choice.Few readers
Can I talk to the mentor before we start studying?Our support team will gladly answer all your questions. You can get the answers to all your questions through a contact form or an ‘Ask a question’ button on a mentor’s profile page. Moreover, after you’ve paid, your subscription period doesn’t start right away, you need to contact your mentor first to start it. We try not to distract our mentors form their present students much. You don’t want your mentor to waste time on some other students during your study time, do you? So we kindly requestFew readers
What does the study process look like?After you’ve paid, you and your mentor together decide how often and through what you’re going to communicate and then define your goal. Then the mentor draws up a study plan and you start getting practical tasks. More about it here.Few readers
Is it really personalized?es. The study plan is tailor-made according to your main goal, with the steps how to achieve it. During the studies you’re going to work on your own one-of-a-kind project, maybe even based on your idea. Your mentor might use special task system on a website (‘Quests’), but these quests will be the ones you personally need, they might be even created especially for you. At the end of the studies, your mentor will help you with the job search, keeping in mind your needs and skills.
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Who defines a goal?A well-defined goal guarantees efficient learning. You define your own goal. That might not necessarily be ‘to get the gist of some technology.’ ‘To find a remote job’ is also a good goal. The most common one, however, is ‘to get a job as a web-developer’, but others are abundant too. If you’re not sure what your main goal is, send us a message and we’ll help to define it. When you subscribe for studies, the first thing you do is discuss your goal, according to which your mentor will create a plFew readers
What kind of study plan will I have?Every plan is personalized to every student’s needs. It’s not a ready-made course and not a package of tasks; this is the plan how to achieve your own goal. If your aim is to get a job, this plan, aside from mastering some technology stack, might also include, for example, preparing a CV. The plan doesn’t describe millions of details of each task you would have to perform, but outlines what and in what order you would need to learn during your studies.
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What are Quests?Quests are packages of tasks on the website, created by the mentors. A quest is not a plan, but just a set of particular tasks needed to, for example, get the gist of some particular technology. You get a new Quest task only after you’ve finished the previous one. Quests are optional; your mentor might decide to provide you only personal tasks, not using the Quests system at all. That’s absolutely fine.Few readers
Can I work on my own project with a mentor?Of course you can!
All the tasks are not isolated, in the end they form a complete project.Usually it’s a sample project suggested by your mentor, but you can use your own ideas if you have them. When you’ve signed up for studies at mkdev and started discussing your aims with your mentor, tell him or her what’s on your mind and your study plan might be based on your idea.
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Can I bring the assignments I’ve given at work to my mentor?Your mentor is not a magical multi-purpose guide who solves all the problems you might face on your work. Paying for mentorship you don’t pay for the mentor’s time and energy he or she will have to spend on trying to grasp some outside commercial project. In addition to it, any real work project has a real-time deadline, which might be influenced by many factors, for example, a client. The idea of mentorship is to teach you work properly on your own, without any artificial constraints.
How do I communicate with my mentor?During your studies, your mentor is going to give you some practical tasks. Doing them one by one, you’re going to move towards your goal until you learn everything that’s necessary. You get tasks from Quests or personally from your mentor.
Each task includes a practical assignment and some theory needed for this particular task. You mentor checks your task and sends it back for you to follow-up until everything’s done properly. WhenFew readers
What is the result?The result is to achieve your goal. There’s no any other ceremonial result. The mentor’s aim is not just to go through all the materials with you, but to teach you everything that’s needed. Even professional programmers with long-term experience are constantly studying. There won’t be a moment in your life when you will be able to say ‘That’s it, I’ve mastered everything there is’ and stop learning. This is why it’s highly important to define your goal before signing up for mentorship.
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Can you help with internship?We do not provide any compulsory internship for our students, but some of our mentors sometimes can help you with that. Moreover, mkdev regularly hires interns for the project.Few readers
Will I be given a certificate?No, you won’t. We truly believe that most of the certificates (except for some really useful ones such as
Red Hat Certification Program and AWS Certification) exist just for showing off. We offer practical help: we teach how to prepare a CV; the projects you’ve been working on with your mentor might be included in your portfolio; if possible, mentors offer internships etc. When you start lookFew readers