6 tips to make the most out of your design mentor‑mentee relationship

1. Set clear goals and expectation

Having clear goals and expectations in a mentor-mentee relationship not only creates a solid foundation to build upon, but it also helps you achieve your goals that much faster. What are the overarching goals of this relationship? What does success look like?

2. Keep it professional

A mentor has a lot to teach the mentee, but it becomes difficult to achieve this when they don’t maintain a professional relationship. This doesn’t mean you should use super formal language when communicating, it just means to always be respectful and courteous of your mentor’s time and willingness to help you out.

On The Clock

by TRISTAN KROMOPAWIRO

3. Always come prepared

Everyone is busy, and your design mentor is no exception. That’s why you should always come prepared with a meeting agenda that outlines what you want to talk about and what you want to get out of that conversation.

4. Embrace honest feedback

The essence of a mentor-mentee relationship is for the mentor to be able to communicate what they know to their mentee. This is not possible without honest feedback. Part of a mentor’s role is to be completely truthful and identify your areas of improvement. With that being said, you should be prepared to receive negative feedback from your mentor, and learn to not take it personally.

Star Rating Illustration

by DARKCUBE STUDIO

5. Make the relationship a win-win

For you to get the most out of your design mentor-mentee relationship, you must make it a win-win. And by that, I mean that both you and your mentor should be receiving value from the relationship.

6. Express gratitude

Everybody likes to be appreciated and that includes every design mentor. A design mentor-mentee relationship becomes more solid when you show enthusiasm to learn and are grateful for the knowledge being shared. Appreciating the effort of your mentor — no matter how little — can go a long way to strengthen that relationship. Express gratitude, and always thank your mentor for their time!

High Five

by NAHUEL BARDI

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Carl Wheatley

Carl Wheatley

I specialize in the placement of Design professionals @ Facebook. Prior UI/UX Designer.