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Lessons Learned—Vol. 4

 

Mentorship.

It’s something that’s been on my mind recently. I had coffee with an old friend a week ago, and she was telling me all the awesome things she’s up to and how important it was for her to find a mentor, and how much it has affected her career and decisions. Then I saw this awesome blog post about it by Cassie from the Veda House. Mentorship is an interesting topic for me, because I’ve never really had one. I’m not sure if it was intentional, just in my nature of preferring to figure things out myself, or I just didn’t realize the importance of mentorship. It’s probably a mix of all three. Admittedly, I get a bit jealous when I hear people talk about that special teacher from their past who helped them become who they are today. Sure, I’ve had amazing teachers and people I looked up to as I grew up, but none that I formed an extraordinary, long-term special bond with.

In the onset of my design career, I can think of 2-3 people who took me under their wing and really taught me a lot, but years later, I’ve lost touch with them. I totally fault myself for that. Now I’m slowly realizing the importance of having someone you can not just look up to, but also reach out to form a deeper mentor/mentee relationship with. Someone who is more than just a colleague or a friend. To me, mentors can be amazing sounding boards. They have more experience than you and have so much wisdom to share. They have probably gone through what you are going through and can help you navigate through all the uncertainty.

On the flip side, it’s also important to create bonds with people you can teach and who are asking you for help. I’m realizing that I would love to be a mentor to someone in the future. I think the biggest way to grow is not only wanting to be taught, but also wanting to teach.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

 

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5 comments

  1. Cassie says: September 13, 20138:34 am

    Thanks so much for mentioning my blog post in your write up. I enjoyed reading your perspective on mentorship. Have an awesome Friday!

    • Rashi says: September 13, 20136:58 pm

      Thanks, Cassie! Have a great weekend

  2. Amanda says: September 13, 20132:52 pm

    yes, i would say it’s a give and get situation. i had a wonderful mentor during college, and i’m looking into going back and teaching along side him—or just making myself available to young designers. i really enjoy talking to these kids and helping them perfect their portfolios or pointing them in the right direction. makes me feel like i’m contributing something good to the world.

    • Rashi says: September 13, 20137:02 pm

      I totally agree with you that being a mentor can be really fulfilling and a great way to give back. That’s awesome that you are working with an old mentor of yours to help his new students.

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