Having a good mentor is an invaluable resource. Regardless of if you’re in school or not, having someone who can teach and give you feedback will help you grow tremendously as a freelancer.
When I first began school, I was fortunate enough to get involved with a medium-sized non-profit organization. For over for years, I went there once a week and helped their designer with whatever he needed. He taught me so much and gave me lots of feedback. As time went on, I began to take on more responsibilities, and now I work for them full time. My mentor is a huge part of why I am where I’m at today.
Now that I’m in his position, I’ve begun to give back to others just as he did for me. It doesn’t feel burdensome or annoying; I really enjoying helping others learn. When looking for a mentor, don’t be afraid to ask someone who you look up to. There’s a good chance someone was a mentor to them, and they just might want to do the same for someone else.
“A more direct approach is to simply reach out to someone in your field whom you admire and ask for help. It may sound scary, but it is undoubtedly flattering to them, and you really have nothing to lose. Just be sure that you know what you want when someone actually says “Okay, I can help you!” and offers you some of their valuable time for free.”
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