Don't say liddat mah.
I am still a student and have much to learn from you. I am not yet ready to take on my own grasshopper.
Anyway, many things I like about Nikon but in the end, doesn't matter Canon lah Nikon lah. Camera is all just box to me. Can help me get result I use.
Read, read, read and read more. After that, read some more.
Going out in groups can open you up to more knowledge and experience.
Can also distract and confuse, so choose the groups carefully and try to spot the psychos early.
Wanting a mentor may not always be for a course towards professional photo career, but is the usual route unless one has loads of moolah to blow on a full-fledged degree course at one of the three respected institutions in the US and UK.
Seeking a mentor, short or long term can also be to step up to the next level technically, or chart a course and define or develop a vision. Or to re-define previously established ones.