Zalando’s Rafael Souza and Gary Rafferty explain how a mentorship has benefitted both of them in their careers.

Many professionals advise finding a mentor when starting out on your career as a great way to develop. But what exactly are the benefits of a mentorship beyond traditional training?

Gary Rafferty is the head of engineering for e-commerce site Zalando. He has been a mentor to senior software engineer Rafael Souza for several months.

Souza said the mentorship helped him better understand the needs and perspectives of other employees, and how to build successful teams.

“When you’re looking for a mentor in your career, try to find people that went through the path that you want to follow,” he said


Words by Jenny Darmody