When you are selected to be part of Chillibreeze, you will undergo a 3-6 months training period. The time frame depends on your performance. During that period, you will be guided and challenged by your mentor. Listen to Fivestarly, a graphic designer at Chillibreeze, share his story about mentoring.
Fivestarly Taking a New Step
After four years of working in Chillibreeze, I finally had the courage to take the responsibility of mentoring. Yes, I did mentor a couple of team members along the way, but that was different. I was not entirely responsible for the other person.
Deciding to mentor someone was a great challenge because I know someone’s life is in my hands, not literally, but you know what I mean. I will be responsible for a person’s growth, and it’s up to me to raise them to be capable in both their graphic design skills and values and ensure they are the right fit for Chillibreeze.
The challenge was nerve-racking, but I knew I had to take this step to come out of my comfort zone.
Explaining the Why Behind What
As most of you may know, we all have our mentoring and guiding ways, and there is no perfect system for all to follow. I believe it all depends on the bond that we create and how we listen to one another. To successfully teach someone, both the mentor and mentee need to listen to one another and learn from each other.
On July 16th, 2021, I got an opportunity to mentor one of the trainees, Aaron Keith Suchiang, and it was easy for me to guide him. He is a proactive person who knows what to do when assigned a task. Even if he gets stuck on some projects, he has the figure it out attitude. He is always open to feedback and suggestions, and he listens very well. His eagerness to learn makes me want to give him my best. While Quality Checking his work, I would take the time to explain the WHY for each step.
Yes, there is always a preference in designs. You may think that the design is good, but I played a role in showing where slight improvements could be made here and there. I began sharing the WHY while making these improvements, and I started to see that he understands more and is likely not to make those mistakes again.
Seeing that this helps, now whenever I coach anyone, I always share the WHY to use their best judgment and common sense the next time they do a project. I don’t have all the answers to be an outstanding mentor, but I am learning each day.
Being a Mentor Helped Me Grow
Over the period, I mentored and guided more new team members, like Donovan, Suraj, and Leslie. I challenge them to improve how they execute and design every day. Taking this role has helped me understand and align more towards the vision of Chillibreeze. It has also developed me to be more open-minded and courageous to give feedback and to share my opinions and thoughts. I think Imran, the head of our team at the time, will agree with me if I say that I contribute more to meetings and discussions now than I did two years ago. I believe mentoring helped me speak out more.
Each day I am intentional about learning to be better at mentoring.
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