Forgive me if I've breached etiquette and posted in the wrong section. I'm willing to remove/rephrase as appropriate.
I've started off down what I've found amusingly like the rabbit-hole in Alice in Wonderland. Magic is amazing, and I've found I really do enjoy learning.
However, I'm rather confused as to one of the subtle differences between the UK and the USA. When I first mentioned to some friends that I was interested in learning, someone offered to be my mentor. I know from some American friends that mentoring a junior mage is pretty much the done thing there...here in the UK I was met by baffled glances, often with 'How much are they charging you'-type questions.
How relevant is it to have a mentor? Is it a rite of passage, or is it just a varient of book learning?