This is a bit of a follow up to my last post about hoping to do some solo consulting in the future.
I'm noticing a need for a mentor at this point in my engineer career. I'm working in a very niche heavy industrial type of structural engineering, but hope to steer towards building design going forward. I'm comfortable with the basics of structural analysis and mechanics, and that's sufficient for my current position, but I really would like to know more about building design in particular. I've thought about changing jobs to do this, but for various reasons that won't be possible for a few years. In the meantime, I still want to learn.
What are you experiences with mentors? Have you been mentored, or have you mentored someone? What are your recommendations for establishing this type of relationship?
While I'm at it, if any building structural engineers are open to it, I'd love to pick your brain in a more long-form manner if there's a direct message option here or if there's a kosher way of posting email addresses.