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We find that most of our mentors are either inbound (designers who reach out to us), or referrals (designers who our existing mentors refer us to).
We have a pretty high bar for new mentors at Designlab. What does that mean?
- We look at a mentor’s body of work — not just the companies they’ve worked at, but their portfolio, the type of projects they’ve worked on, and the quality of their work.
- If the mentor’s work is great, we schedule some time to chat with them to get a sense of their communication skills: are they enthusiastic? Can they express ideas clearly? Do they care about education and giving back to beginners in the field?
If they pass those two requirements, we’re happy to bring them onto Designlab!
For us, it ultimately comes down to one question: would we want to learn from them?