I get a fairly regular supply of job offers through my web site contact form. While I am not really looking for a new employment opportunity, I do respond to most all the offers submitted. The one thing that I really request is that it is a position with a mentor. I don't see any point in moving jobs unless it is to a place where a "grand master" of sorts would be able to take me under their wing and teach me what I don't already know. Without that, I would just be changing locations and what's the point of that?
When I send this email to people, they either say that that is not what the position entails or I simply never hear from them again. Am I going crazy or has the way people work changed? What happened to apprenticeships? What happened to learning it the right way from the people who know what they are doing? Maybe this is the wrong field for this type of working environment? Maybe ColdFusion is too young to have many places like that available? Or maybe the whole world is like that and I live in a fantasy world where each company feels the need to employ "Senior" programmers to teach the noobs?