Hello IxDASF,

This has been a topic that's come up recently, and I was curious to hear what people in this association think about it, or what experiences they've had.

1. Have you had a UX mentor? If so, how did you find that person, how did you figure out he or she was the right person? How or what did you ask?

2. What benefit did you get from being mentored?

3. At what stage of your career did you do this?

4. Have you mentored? 

I actually have mentored, even before I taught UX, but I've never had a mentor (in any of my professional career). It seems so hard to ask! Though I probably could really use one, as the UX world is so different from what I've been used to in terms of presenting a portfolio, interviewing, professional development (in my past life as a journalist, you pretty much just dove in and worked largely solo, whereas UX is so much about collaboration, which I do value).

(And yes, I am wondering how to go about it for myself, but I thought raising the question in general, in public, might also help others.)

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Hi Dan,

I applied to be a mentor maybe 5 years ago, and was assigned 2 mentees that year. To date I've had upwards of 10 mentees through IxDA and IAI (where i am also a registered mentor).

Here is the application to volunteer as a mentor: http://www.ixda.org/about/participate/be-mentor. I'm not sure if the IxDA is actively monitoring this. 

Here is the main Mentorship page: http://www.ixda.org/page/mentorship

Feel free to message me directly if you have any specific questions. I'll do my best to answer. 

Regards,

Adam

Hi Adam,

Thanks for the pointer. Wondering how one can apply to be mentored, though?

Seems like the IxDA mentorship program is a good way to go. It's the first thing that came to mind, and I see that Adam has already posted a link to it!

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