Become a LOPSA Protege and learn from some of the best in the business

It can be lonely starting your career as a system administrator or working someplace where you are the most senior person. Yes, there are books, mailing lists, and web sites — but a mentorship can be a professional relationship that lasts a lifetime. The LOPSA Mentor Program helps you find a mentor by allowing LOPSA members to submit a proposal for either a project based or freestyle mentorship. 

Project-based (the traditional way)

If you opt for the project based route, you choose a project and work with your mentor to define it's goals and see it to completion. 

  • Perhaps there is a service you can set up for your school or place of work.
  • Don't rule out hardware projects, or building functionality on top of what exists already (maybe networking or security-related?)
  • The best project is one that meets a real need, not a fictitious "practice project."
  • Check out our list of project ideas.
  • Most importantly: the project should have a well-defined endpoint or goal.


The other kind of relationship is freestyle, which enables you to start a mentor/protege relationship that revolves around common interests rather than a specific goal like a project. If you choose the freestyle route, we will help you find a mentor discuss your area of interest, be it your career, education, work relationships, configuration management, open source development, publishing a book, or whatever sparks your passion.

It's easy to get started today!

  1. Join LOPSA if you're not already a current member.
  2. Fill out the protege proposal form.
  3. One of our mentor coordinators will work with you to answer any questions and refine your proposal.
  4. The mentor coordinator will add you to the appropriate mailing lists.
  5. Once you and the mentor coordinator agree on the proposal, the mentor coordinator will post an anonymized version to the mentors email list and help find a volunteer to be your mentor.
  6. Once a mentor has been paired with you, you will both receive a welcome message to get communication started.
  7. You and your mentor should agree upon
    1. how often you will communicate
    2. how you will communicate
    3. if your proposal is project-based, a set of milestones and a timetable for achieving them 
  8. Notify Mentorship team of Project/relationship completion
  9. Stay in touch with your mentor, and have awesome conversations

Questions and suggestions are welcomed through our general inquiry form.

Back to the LOPSA Mentorship Program

The League of Professional System Administrators
1200 Route 22 East, Suite 200
Bridgewater, NJ, 08807

Phone: (202) LOPSA01 (202-567-7201)
Fax: (609) 219-6787

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