I know this may not 100% match with the topic mentoring but I was thinking:
A mentor is cool to have but what about feedback in online communities, isn´t that crucial as well?
I recently had this experience of the HCI MOOC of Coursera and I can tell you I really enjoyed the experience.
It was so helpful to share experiences with a lot of persons online who have experiences in the UX world.
Fortunately we are in an area where people love to share knowledge, what is great because I think that is
what brings UX step by step forward into the minds of companies.
The more we are, the more professional we work, the more chances are for UX to be a standard part in product development processes.
Think about a mentor: You´ll get deep understanding of practical knowledge in many years.
The issue is that you need up to build up a strong friendship to keep up with your mentor. But how many friends do you have in life?
Just some will keep on track with you ... I´ve your able to set up a continous contact and relationship with your mentor I think thats great
but in reality I think not lot´s of people have mentors ...
Think about an online community: You get 100´s of fresh ideas, multiple answers to question that you are dealing with and lot´s of times
there are people who really think about your question and answer it right away.
Think about online courses: Is this also a kind of mentorship?
So what do you think about that topic? What do you love or think about mentors, what do you love or think about online communities or online courses?
Curious about your answers