How Having a Mentor Can Guide Your Path to Success Having a professional mentor can be so helpful as you figure out what career path to go down in the fashion industry. Mentors can teach you essential skills in the workplace that general textbooks and articles can’t provide. Many people struggle to find a great professional mentor. A mentor can be anyone that takes you under their wing and provides valuable advice that can be applied to your development in your career or even your general lifestyle. A professional mentor is someone who you can utilize as a role model to shape your skills and talents. You don’t pick a mentor, and you don’t seek a mentor out—but, rather, the person who happens to be your mentor is someone who naturally got there. Below we have given some examples of designers who have stressed the immense influence their professional mentors have had on their success in the fashion industry. “My mentor is Candy Pratts Price. She offered me my first job and she has always been so inspirational.” –Tory Burch “Years pass very quickly…when you start you have mentors…mine were Diana Vreeland and Marvin Traub! Then you grow older and you can share your experiences…I have mentored many people, recently Alexander Wang!”-Diane Von Furstenberg “I grew up fast in fashion when I became head designer at Anne Klein after just a few years there. Anne taught me to always be prepared and be open to change. ‘We must be present at the moment,’ are the words I carry with me.”-Donna Karan Remember, finding a great professional mentor is a natural process that happens over time. As the protégé, it’s important to be constantly observant and present in the workplace so that you can pick up on methods, strategies and techniques that will help you succeed. Our recruiters are always happy to talk to you about your career path and help you find your next great opportunity. Head over to our jobs page to see current job opportunities and contact our recruiters today! Also, like our Facebook page for updates fashion news, tips and trends and current job listings.