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Career Growth through Professional Mentorship

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Have you ever thought about getting a professional mentor? If not, you should. There are a variety of advantages to having a graphic design mentor if you’re wanting help with career guidance, and finding a mentor can be a way for you to continue your graphic design education even when formal classes are over.

Advantages of a Mentor

A mentor can help you develop in a variety of ways. Mainly, mentors are there to be role models and offer constructive criticism, even when it occasionally hurts your pride, and a mentor can offer a wide variety of advice. A professional mentor doesn’t just need to be an excellent artist. You could choose a mentor based on technological savvy, business management expertise, marketing—whichever area you feel you need the most help to grow.

Where to Find Mentors

There are many places you can find a professional graphic design mentor. To get started, think about who your ideal mentor would be and the areas in which you’re looking to grow. Once you’ve figured out what you want, pay attention to every connection you have, and network like crazy. Let others know you’re looking for a mentor. If you’re currently attending a graphic design school, consider professors and instructors, or perhaps even other students you admire who have more experience or education. Look to your professional contacts, professional organizations, and the place you did your internship; is there any person you’d like to emulate?

To learn more about finding a mentor, check out this Forbes article about professional mentors.

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  1. Posted February 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t agree more. Wish I had had a mentor when I was first starting out!

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