Take a minute and think about a mentor who changed everything for you
in the best way professionally. That one person alone for however
long that relationship lasted has helped you up when you fell and
told you all the why's to your what's and how's. Now imagine that
benefit except that relationship is extended over a couple years and
the mentor is currently considered the best in the industry. A leader.
For a profession such as an interaction designer, we are valued for
understanding people (empathy) and the impact technology has on them
as individuals, in groups, and in society. We are also creative
craftspeople who "get" design beyond just aesthetics. To me,
becoming high quality professionals is critical. With a small number
of designers available for all existing businesses, upcoming
designers could benefit from this experience and become more
accessible in major business developments. Educate. Influence.
Maybe a hybrid of mentorship and apprenticeship is in order. Who
knows. From my personal experience, reading blogs of truly brilliant
designers and participating in this mailing list has done more for me
than sitting through a lot of my classes. I only learn as much as my
whole class wants.