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Juniper Networks’ CTO On Combating The IT Talent Shortage And Creating A Diverse Pipeline Through Mentorship
‘I have always argued for this whenever I have to review somebody’s promotion to vice president. I always ask, who have they mentored? I use it in the evaluation of a person [because] they should be paying it forward,’ Juniper Networks’ Chief Technology Officer Raj Yavatkar tells CRN.
Are your career development classes open to anyone, regardless of what stage of their career they are in?
It’s open to anyone and it’s pretty important for people early in their career [like] Gen Z. Some of them are more motivated for different reasons. They want different lifestyles and mentorship for them is really important. People who are in the middle part of their career, they need [mentorship] the most because they’ve come to a point when they don’t know how to grow. What I found is that a lot of women, they feel like they get sidelined very easily. [Some are] not as vocal and they get passed over. I think women need different types of mentorship because many times, they are not noticed, and they have to make themselves noticed. There is a certain, methodical way to go about it requires you to advertise or publish what you want. That’s a very hard step that many people in middle management [or] the middle level of their career, so they especially find this mentorship class very useful.