“How to Grow your own Juniors”: A guide to mentoring in an Elixir Environment

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


Nikki Kyllonen is a Full Stack Software Engineer with a BS and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. During grad school, she dove deeper into Computer Science through coursework and her work as a grad TA. She has worked with Girls Who Code, teaching high school students core programming concepts and web development. Currently, she is a Junior Developer working remotely out of the San Francisco Bay Area for NewAperio, a web and mobile development company based out of Louisiana.

Talk Description

Wanting to grow your team, but having trouble finding developers with Elixir experience? Will your team have the time and resources you need to train someone? How do you know if hiring someone new to Elixir is right for your team?

In this talk, two junior developers will share their experiences learning Elixir and Phoenix LiveView in their first development job. You’ll come away with:

  • How to set realistic expectations for both mentors and mentees.
  • Which functional programming, Elixir, and Phoenix LiveView concepts to cover during mentorship.
  • How to structure mentorship in the first week, 30 days, 90 days and year of hiring a junior or a developer new to Elixir and Phoenix.
Nikki Kyllonen
Nikki Kyllonen