Mentoring an MA student
Here's my story of mentoring a graphic design student a few years ago.
A few years back, when I was living in San Francisco, I was asked to mentor a student from a design school there. He was doing his masters degree and working on a project for helping people with autism.
We would meet each week to review his work, and I'd offer advice and support. It never felt like a burden and I enjoyed the opportunity to help a younger design professional. I was also learning something new too – about the world of autism, and I found my approach of how to add value and coach him got refined over time too. I think that's a skill that has stayed with me now as a manager.
After he successfully graduated he emailed me a few times for other advice. For instance he was asked to give a talk at a big conference so I gave him some advice on ways to approach his talk and how to avoid the stage fright.
It was great to see him grow and evolve. I felt responsible which was daunting and I worried that my advice might not be the right thing for the way he might get evaluated. However he did really well and got a job soon after graduating.
We haven't really stayed in touch but after writing this I'm going to reach out and see how he's doing.
I found his new website, check it out his work is great. Suddenly that sense of responsibility had returned ;)
In line with this challenge, I'm going to try to challenge myself to see if my 92 year old neighbour needs any help with anything.