I was very lucky, I was trained by one of the Awesome Old Dogs. Sadly, he is no longer on this planet, fucking Cancer, but this kind of Old Dog really wants you to succeed. He’ll take you under his wing, show you the ropes and beam with pride when you figure something out or pull something out of your ass without any guidance. I call this Old Dog The Mentor. Here are some characteristics of The Mentor:
There aren't many Mentors left and the industry is poorer for it. I love these Awesome Old Dogs, I could spend hours hanging with them and have. The Asshole tries to make you feel like you should be honoured to hang with him, and you'd really rather not anyways. The Mentor offers you a beer and a seat and you are immediately at ease. God Bless The Mentor, such an Awesome Old Dog.
So, you see, the Old Dog can either be the most obnoxious person you’ll have to work with, or the best, it depends on their level of self-confidence. My wish for you is that you meet at least one Mentor in your career. I don’t want you thinking the Asshole is all there is, although you’d be forgiven for thinking that.
A few tips on dealing with the Mentor.
ALWAYS go above and beyond. The Mentor can and will help you climb the ladder.
Do NOT suck up, The Mentor doesn't like desperation.
Resourcefulness is one of the most valued attributes, never be afraid to think outside the box.
Don't whine or complain about anything, The Mentor was mounting shows before cell phones, you don't know hardship!
Don't make excuses. They've seen and heard it all, it isn't easy to bounce back in their favour if you do. You don't want to lose The Mentor's trust or faith in you.
Don't gossip or throw shade at any of your colleagues, this is a huge turn off to The Mentor.
A Sense of Humour goes a very long way.
Again, I hope you get to work with a Mentor. You'll learn a lot and enjoy the process.