I am currently self-training to be a UX/UI designer after a stint in graduate psychology school. I live in Montreal, Canada.
First, please permit me to express a tiny bit of frustration: In a span of one year I have now gone through about 4-5 designers, whom I've met through my social network and at events (even friends of friends) who have promised to mentor me, and then left my first, second, or third email forever unanswered, falling off the face of the earth. At first, I thought something was wrong with me - I was asking the wrong questions, being overly annoying, or something of the sort. But then, I realized that this is just a fact of life: most busy people don't have unpaid time to invest into someone they barely know. I am guessing mentoring is something of a rarity, rather than the norm? Is this most people's experience here, as well?
Second, the question: I am far less confused now, after a year and a half of trying to figure out what the hell I was doing and how everything worked. I feel like I may even be able to complete my initial training and publish my portfolio by myself, without anyone's help. Has anyone here done so and succeeded in getting that entry-level design job?