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Wesley Vinson Lufkin, TX


I am looking for a mentor to help guide me as I attempt to move into the tech world from the field of public education. I served from 1996-2000, so I don't qualify for the ACP mentorship program since the cutoff is 2001.

24 June 2022 4 replies Mentoring



Philip Mullins Richmond, TX

I’ll try! Reach out to me at


Joe Engle Indianapolis, IN

Hello Wesley.
It looks like you have done a good job learning sw on your own. In addition to this, I would suggest getting a couple certifications for the languages or IT fields you are interested in (e.g. java and SQL). The certs would help demonstrate your capabilities to a hiring manager. Not absolutely necessary, but increases your chances.

Realistically, without actual experience you should target an entry level developer position. This is really not a disadvantage for you, as it gets your foot in the door, gets you experience, and the pay is good. Stay at the job a few years learning, and proving your capabilities, and making some networking contacts. Feel free to move on after that.

Are you prepared to move? I checked, and there are not many positions around Lufkin TX. There are a few. If you do apply for positions in a small town, it helps your chances of getting a job (the big fish in the small pond idea).

It might be best, and easier, to revisit your goal of doing sw dev to improve the world, after gaining some experience.

Thanks for your service Wesley and good luck!


ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi Wesley,

Thank you for your question!

You may find it helpful to take a look at our “Community” tab, if you have not done so already. From there, you could click on the “Advisors” section. You could then filter by industry, experience level or location to directly message advisors and ask them specific questions that you have related to moving into the tech space.

I hope this helps!



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