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In honor of National Mentoring Month, meet IBM’s Marqueta Pomare, a Business Transformation Consultant and military veteran, who volunteers for IBM SkillsBuild as a mentor to fellow veterans and members of communities who are historically underrepresented in technology.
Hoping to make a positive impact, Marqueta’s decision to become a mentor was born out of a personal journey. During her transition from the military to a corporate role, she felt alone while navigating the process.
“I didn't have help or someone to lean on. If I had questions, I had to navigate the process by myself and I felt overwhelmed, nervous, and had a lot of fear of the unknown. I always told myself that I never wanted anyone to feel the way I felt,” said Marqueta.
The most rewarding aspect of her mentorship journey is the ability to connect with someone who shares a similar background. During this journey, Marqueta has regular check-ins with her mentee, during which she offers support, provides a listening ear, gives feedback, and addresses any questions related to the transition from active duty to a corporate role.
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