What to expect from your mentors
Most of the mentors you will interact with on the course have recently graduated from the course. Some mentors will be alumni who finished the course a little while ago.
The types of mentors you’ll meet are:
- Week mentors
- Project mentors
For the first 6 weeks of the course, there will be two weekly mentors in each week. These are members of the cohort immediately prior to yours.
Each week, they’ll join your cohort workshop discussions and support you during your projects. These mentors are familiar with the curriculum as they’ve recently completed it. They won’t always give you the answer but will help you get there. They may advise you on ways to debug your code, talk about the challenges they had on the course, or give advice on how to get the most out of the course.
These mentors will support you throughout your final project(s). They may be FAC alumni, or from your apprenticeship employers.
They will give you technical advice on things like tech stack choices, recommended libraries, etc.
Project mentors are not expected to help with debugging day-to-day errors - instead you should use more immediately available resources including StackOverflow/Google, the other members of your cohort (
#help-and-solutions) and our wider fac community (
Your team should schedule specific slots to talk with project mentors.
These mentors will support you with planning and managing the project, but are usually volunteering outside their work commitmments, so you are responsible for reaching out to them and scheduling specific time slots that work for them, and for you.
You may want to use this time to discuss your tech stack, review your project scope, get code reviews, and talk through anything that is particularly challenging for the team.
Reach out early and be clear about when and why you need support.