Finding Mentors Who Aren’t a Joke

Published on March 25, 2024

A mentor is an important relationship for entrepreneurs and people in professional settings. Here’s some ways to find the ones who can benefit you most.

Have Clear Goals

Patterson advises considering your goals and expectations for the relationship before approaching someone to serve as your mentor. According to her, the majority of mentoring relationships aim to assist you in overcoming a change or obstacle or improving in a particular area of your profession where you require additional assistance or direction. Consider why you want to find a mentor, advises Murphy. Identify the areas where your work performance is lacking and what you need to learn more about your employer or industry.

Find the Right People

Once you’ve identified the skills you need help with or the questions you have about your profession, look to your network of college alumni, family friends, and coworkers as well as the community at large to identify possible mentors. An executive does not have to be your mentor. They might only be a few steps above you. As a matter of fact, a person three to five years your senior may offer more pertinent and useful counsel than a person twenty or thirty years your senior, who may be less aware of the day-to-day struggles of someone at your level.

Establish a Relationship

The process of starting a mentoring relationship cannot be standardized. Even though Jackson requested her coworkers directly to mentor her, not everyone makes the same request. The majority of people feel more at ease striking up a discussion and letting things evolve naturally between themselves and a possible mentor. It’s usually better to find a mutual contact to arrange an introduction if you’re wanting to ask someone you don’t know to be your mentor. Establish common ground when you reach out, such as noting that you work in the same industry, graduated from the same institution, or are members of the same professional group, if you don’t have a mutual buddy with whom to introduce yourself.

Listen to Them

If your mentor suggests you read a book or do something else, show them that you’re taking their advice into consideration by telling them, via email or at your next meeting, what happened when you did as they advised.

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