Edyta Niemyjska

Feb 15, 2021

4 min read

Finding Mentors

My experience with finding mentors and with different kinds of mentorship

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The 4 sources of mentorship

  1. Design mentors at UX Academy
  2. Career mentors at Out of Office Hours
  3. Peer mentoring (UX and coffee mornings with my friend Alice)
  4. Mentorship Circle (D.circle with Julie Zhou and more)

Design Mentors at UX Academy

  • Hendrika Makilya — Who showed me that user interface design can be fun and that I should explore it playfully.
  • Carolina de Bartolo — Whose detailed feedback helped me polish my interaction design.
  • Vesna Plank — Who taught me the importance of the design process and always asking “who is this for?”
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Out of Office Hours (OOOH)

Peer mentoring — UX & Coffee

D.Circle

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TL;DR Summary

  1. Mentors are awesome and there are all kinds of mentors: official, unofficial, mentors for your craft, and mentors for your career
  2. If you feel like you need guidance — look for help, there are actually a lot of mentorship opportunities out there if you seek them out
  3. Do the work — fill in the applications and reach out
  4. To get the most out of your opportunities come prepared to every meeting, have a list of questions or issues you want to discuss.