How to Find a Mentor

How to Find a Mentor: A Guide to Mentorship

Career people often receive advice of how rewarding mentorship. Certainly easier said then done- but how do you go about finding a mentor and make it fulfilling for both the mentoree and the mentor? Check out these steps on how to find the mentor that’s right for you.

Mapping out your goals and expectations

Mentors are not miracle workers. The clearer you are about your goals, the easier it will be to find your right mentor the first time around. Start by asking yourself:

  • What do you want to learn?
  • Where do you need to be more motivated?
  • Do you need a sounding board?
  • How do you spend most of your time?
  • What makes you want a mentor?
  • Will they hold you accountable?
  • Does this person have the energy and enthusiasm to mentor you?

Study your potential mentor

Whether it is a stranger, someone in your network, or a colleague from work, find someone who is currently in the role you are seeking, as well as fits the career path or field you are interested in. Going further, if you are able to seek out a mentor, check their blog, their social media- read what they put out into the world. If you can see their strengths and weaknesses, it makes it easier to set your expectation with a potential mentor.

Dedicate the time and energy

Don’t just pick a mentor and schedule meetings. Come in armed with action-related questions. A mentor would be much more motivated and enthusiastic to assist someone who asks about how to take action on specific goals then to through out general advice.

Nurture the relationship

Mentorship is really about the relationship. So the best advice is to not force the relationship. Additionally, don’t wait for the mentor to initiate and manage. Just remember that the relationship does not have to be incredibly formal. After all, mentoring should feel fulfilling so if your mentor does not find it fulfilling, it’s not worth the keep up. And don’t forget to contribute to your own career development. And do not forget to trust your gut about whether it’s a good fit.

The bottom line is that mentorship can be a rewarding experience, but it is not always for everyone. If you put in the work then mentorship will be a rewarding and valuable experience to moving forward towards your goals.

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