Become a LOPSA Protege and learn from some of the best in the business
It can be lonely starting your career as a system administrator or working someplace where you are the most senior person. Yes, there are books, mailing lists, and web sites — but a mentorship can be a professional relationship that lasts a lifetime. The LOPSA Mentor Program helps you find a mentor by allowing LOPSA members to submit a proposal for either a project based or freestyle mentorship.
Project-based (the traditional way)
If you opt for the project based route, you choose a project and work with your mentor to define it's goals and see it to completion.
- Perhaps there is a service you can set up for your school or place of work.
- Don't rule out hardware projects, or building functionality on top of what exists already (maybe networking or security-related?)
- The best project is one that meets a real need, not a fictitious "practice project."
- Check out our list of project ideas.
- Most importantly: the project should have a well-defined endpoint or goal.
The other kind of relationship is freestyle, which enables you to start a mentor/protege relationship that revolves around common interests rather than a specific goal like a project. If you choose the freestyle route, we will help you find a mentor discuss your area of interest, be it your career, education, work relationships, configuration management, open source development, publishing a book, or whatever sparks your passion.
It's easy to get started today!
- Join LOPSA if you're not already a current member.
- Fill out the protege proposal form.
- One of our mentor coordinators will work with you to answer any questions and refine your proposal.
- The mentor coordinator will add you to the appropriate mailing lists.
- Once you and the mentor coordinator agree on the proposal, the mentor coordinator will post an anonymized version to the mentors email list and help find a volunteer to be your mentor.
- Once a mentor has been paired with you, you will both receive a welcome message to get communication started.
- You and your mentor should agree upon
- how often you will communicate
- how you will communicate
- if your proposal is project-based, a set of milestones and a timetable for achieving them
- Notify Mentorship team of Project/relationship completion
- Stay in touch with your mentor, and have awesome conversations
Questions and suggestions are welcomed through our general inquiry form.