A Mentor could be critical for your development. However, not all the people is lucky enough to find a mentor as casually as I did (read my previous article). So, maybe now the question is: how can I find a mentor?
Finding one is easier than it may sound. Just follow these 7 steps and you’ll be able to find AND work with a mentor. But (there is always a but), do you know what’s a mentor to start? If you do, then go directly to the 7 steps below. If you don’t, don’t worry I will help you to clarify what’s a mentor.
Yeah, a mentor is a guide, but what sort of guide? It may be confusing or seem similar to terms such as coaching or sponsoring. In another post I will let you know the main differences between these concepts. Now, let’s focus on what a mentor is.
The Management-mentors site mentions that these are specific characteristics of mentoring:
- development (of the mentee) driven. Its purpose is to develop the individual not only for the current job, but also for the future;
- relationship oriented;
- long term;
- based on the mentor’s personal experience.
The mentor is a source of wisdom, teaching and support. Susan Johnston says that a mentor must be an expert (to offer you insights and perspectives), generous with its time and resources, and honest with you.
7 steps to find and work with a Mentor
Now, you just need to follow these easy steps to find a Mentor.
One last piece of advice…
A good mentor won’t ask anything in return. However, as I said before your must be grateful. And what a better way to say thanks than making yourself valuable in return.
How can I make the relationship reciprocal?
So, as Clark says
think about what skills or qualities you bring to the table and may be able to offer.
Now you know what’s a mentor and how to find one. So, go and find yours. As we talked before, it will make a great difference in your life.
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