The top 5 reasons why you need a design mentor

1. A mentor helps you with challenges

There are so many challenges that creatives are facing — from project management, to soft skills, client communication or the business side of design. By picking the right mentor, you will receive professional guidance on how to handle and master these. You now have someone experienced to talk to when you need to. It will also boost your motivation to embrace risks and try different methods and new ideas.

2. Improve faster! Boost your career.

A mentor can tell you what will work and what won’t in your design work, as well as your career as a whole. Lessons that might take you years to learn about how to deal with clients, incorporate storytelling properly, or effectively communicate with your target audience can all be learned quickly and efficiently from a mentor. The lessons and nuggets of wisdom you receive from mentors will be invaluable helping you avoid costly mistakes in your career.

3. Broaden your horizons!

Mentors don’t actually have to match exactly the kind of work you do. The most helpful mentors are often the ones that can teach you something completely new. This will elevate your skillset to another level. Don’t be afraid to look beyond your own creative specialization or even outside your industry for Mentors who have experience and knowledge to broaden your horizon.

4. Receive moral support.

A mentor has a vested interest in seeing you succeed. They’ll be there for the ups and downs of your career, cheering you on when you achieve something great. Since they’re already established, there’s no jealousy or need to compete with you. All that will be there is pride at your accomplishments and an ear to listen to your struggles. The very best mentors can almost assume the role of a family member, offering you the same kind of support that you might get from a parent or best friend, only with more technical knowledge of your field.

5. Open doors & Professional networking.

It is very important to maintain a good network. A lot of people rely on referrals and word-of-mouth while hiring designers or considering for projects. It is always good to maintain a good professional network. Your mentor can help you improve your network through his/her connections. Because of their experience or influence, they might help you get in touch with the right people or team.