5 Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your Design Mentor


By The Creative Group

Being a successful creative professional involves always seeking out development opportunities and keeping your skills current. Finding the right graphic design mentor can take you to the next level. Once you have found that person, the following are five tips for extracting the maximum benefit from this relationship:

1. Be enthusiastic.
It’s invigorating for mentors to work with professionals who are excited to advance their careers as opposed to those who drag their feet.

2. Set goals.
Share your career goals and discuss what steps you need to take in order to achieve them. Your mentor may have other suggestions based on his or her professional experience, so listen with an open mind.

3. Communicate regularly.
The mentorship won’t bear fruit unless you connect and communicate on a regular basis, so get check-in dates on the calendar.

4. Go all in.
Prepare to be challenged in your role as a mentee. You won’t excel unless you are willing to take risks.

5. Be professional.
Be punctual, prepared and responsive to job requests. Treat your mentor with respect and courtesy. Listen attentively to feedback.

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The Creative Group (TCG) specializes in placing a range of highly skilled interactive, design and marketing professionals with a variety of firms.