Congratulations on being interested in becoming a mentee! This is a brave first step. Having a mentor might seem intimidating, but it is one of the most rewarding relationships you can have. Mentorship is all about growing your skills and experience. Your role in the mentorship is to be clear about what you hope to accomplish and (with help and guidance from your mentor) do the work to achieve your goals.
What a mentee is
Mentees are people who are just getting started in a certain area of the industry and need a little guidance on their journey. There is so much information out there and it can be overwhelming. Sometimes all you need is someone that you can rely on to navigate you through it.
What a mentee is not
A mentee is not someone who just wants to take advantage of the power or position of their mentor. Over the course of a mentorship, a mentor may offer to use their position to help a mentee in some way, but they are not expected or obligated to do so.
What Past Mentees Want to tell you
"I feel like I've been able to grow more in the last three months than I have in years previously. I've learned not to be afraid of people. Everyone I've connected with in board game design is just as nice as advertised and it is a welcoming and friendly environment. It has been an amazing help to me and I am truly grateful for the experience." -Valerie Schrag
"I gained a lot of industry knowledge and I got a better sense of how to pursue my interests. Even simple things like time tracking tools that can help track my per hour output has been extremely helpful and I've integrated it into every aspect of my career." -Fiona Kelly
"This is 100x better than trying to figure things out on your own! The mere fact that there's someone to check in with is also a powerful commitment mechanism. I was surprised by the mix of people as well - I chanced across a link to this on a playtest server, and was almost too intimidated to apply. 'You're not a 'real' designer, you don't even know what you're doing they probably won't even bother with you' - said the little voice in my head. Luckily my good sense got the upper hand, then I started and realised that the mentees (and mentors) have such different levels of experience and come from such diverse backgrounds. As long as you do want to progress on your tabletop game journey, there is no such thing as 'too green' - after all if you don't try you'll never get anywhere!" -Pearl Ho
"The industry can be mystifying and absolutely intimidating to step into. Luckily, my mentor really broke down what the industry was like, what I could expect and how to get a foot in the door. Honestly, one of the best experiences of my life." -Alyx
"Why would you EVER pass up a chance to work with industry professionals and learn from them? I got to to put my skills as a developer (and agent) to the test, and receive incredible feedback from the real world of developers and publishers. The best part of the entire thing, was proving that I had what it takes to earn people's approval, while still recognizing that I have so much more room to improve. I would recommend anyone who is interested in becoming a game designer to be a part of this program, as the people who run it have created an environment that allows people at all stages in their career to thrive." -Peter Yang
"Do it! It’s a great program on both sides. Worst case you grow your network by one person." -Danielle Reynolds