My name is Juliet Jackman, I am a Fashion Illustrator and designer who creates bespoke and limited edition illustrations which I use on Greetings cards, Tees, Mugs, and framed prints
I sought out a Mentor because I needed guidance, someone to support me with direction and keep me focused. I am very good at the creative aspect of the business, but needed help with the dynamics of the business.
I am part of a business group, and was hoping that I would find my mentor there. I knew what qualities I was looking for. Someone who had a very strong business head, and also an understanding of me and what direction I was aiming for. But also someone who wasn’t afraid of being firm with me. Jenny felt like a right match for me.
As a result of working with Jenny for the last year. I am definitely more focused. I now have a more business mind set of thinking constantly asking myself ‘ if I create this who am I targeting this at’ constantly thinking about who my target audience is ….what do I want to achieve. I feel a real sense of direction and purpose. Instead of just creating beautiful pictures, I am always looking at different ways in which the customers can be rewarded for their loyalty. Also, how I can capitalise on best selling lines, and new ways of increasing sales. I now also give myself targets to try and reach each week.
The biggest thing I’ve achieved as a result of having a mentor is Confidence. I feel very motivated and driven.
My advice to anyone thinking of getting a mentor is Go out and get one. I believe it’s the best thing I have done. It is always good to have someone who is objective and knows the business, because there are so many avenues to explore and be exposed to that you wouldn’t necessarily be aware of. Also, having someone see the potential in your business and guiding you in the right direction is definitely a positive step.
In my current job, I feel like I mentor all the time on a daily basis, as I work at a University.
Thank you for everything that you have done for me. Your help and support has been invaluable to me. I hope we can continue to keep in touch. Will really miss our monthly meetings, but at least I now feel more equipped for when I next find my new mentor. THANKYOU!!!
Jenny Garrett is the Executive Coach and founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy. She’s also the author of Rocking Your Role, a how-to guide to success for female breadwinners.