I've done mentorship in many forms, digitally and in person. I love volunteering at design events and staying active in the community.
Me mentoring the team in a Designathon
I help shape the future of design through mentoring new designers. I have worked on the platforms above to mentor/tutor emerging designers who are just starting to find their passion. It's a win win because it helps me with the following skills:
I get to practice taking feedback from students on how to be a stronger mentor
I am very comfortable critiquing work
I get interpersonal managing skills
I'm always staying current learning the coursework as it gets updated and getting new questions from my students
My team getting a UX crashcourse
Here is the presentation that my Designathon team made after getting a crash course in UX, I am very proud of them!
The above photo is my and the other mentors from Google goofing off
"I have successfully completed UX Immersion course and looking forward for my UI Design learning journey. Tina has approved my final portfolio and said she has marked it as a best student example and proud of my work. All the credits goes to you. I have no words to express the immense gratitude I have towards you. I will miss you in UI Design course. Please stay in touch. I will make Tina and You, proud of me one day my marking a unique place for me in this UX field. You guys are my mentors for life, I feel blessed. Thank you very much. You should ask my husband and colleagues how excited and curious I will be to read your comments everyday. Revision requested motivated me a lot than Approved. Your tutoring helped to re-discover the force in me. I promise I will reach heights one day but I owe all my success to you. Thank You Rachael, I love you loads. Stay in touch." -Umadevi Mohan
"I was fortunate enough to have Rachael Parekh as my tutor while studying UI/UX Design at Career Foundry. I couldn’t have been paired with anyone more passionate and insightful about what they do. When I started my course, I had no knowledge about the field. Now, I can say that I’ve grown significantly in competence and confidence as a designer over the past year, and have projects in my portfolio that I’m proud of because of the work I’ve done with Rachael. During the course, she was totally sincere and unbiased, yet approachable and encouraging when offering me feedback. She even went above and beyond the curriculum and made an effort to know me as a person. I’m grateful for that.
The thing about Rachael is that she’s a practitioner and knows her craft VERY well. She is authentic and real, and she continues to root for my success and for the success of her students. She doesn’t just teach. She develops, challenges, and cultivates her students. I believe this is what makes her an exceptional mentor and leader.
I HIGHLY recommend working with Rachael Parekh. She doesn’t just demonstrate theory. She gives concrete, actionable input. Her skill, honesty, and wisdom will prove to be of value, especially for those who are looking to gain a solid understanding in the Design Industry." -Randy Barias
Me in a smashing crew shirt
Volunteers and I holding a cat cutout (the smashing mascot)
Behind stage at the smashing conference
Living in the Bay Area is great for many reasons. Some of my favorite is to volunteer for the Smashing Conference by Smashing Magazine and the Enterprise UX conference from Rosenfeld Media.