I did not have the luxury of mom or dad being in the business nor did anyone I knew know a single sole in this business. It took me a depressing and frustrating two years after graduation to find a full-time job in graphic design.
It was difficult to begin a career with little to no help from anyone that had previously walked the walk. Because of this, I have always stopped to look back at the up and coming talent to see how I can give them a lift.
As creative leaders we need to remind ourselves that we were there once. Lost, green and scared. It takes strong a mentor to inspire and motivate others to move forward. Be one of those people for someone on your team or in your organization.