Finding a Career Mentor

Entering the work force can be an intimidating time but one thing that can ease this transition is the support of a mentor. A mentor is someone who is considered a trustworthy guide and who offers advice as well as encouragement. The process of seeking a career mentor is an important one that could potentially benefit you greatly in the future.

Though the idea of approaching a stranger in a new environment may seem like a daunting task, developing this relationship will be beneficial in the long run. Before making the introduction there are a couple of things to keep in mind.  Picking a mentor can require some research especially if you are looking to build this relationship with  a person in a completely new setting.

Some tips for picking a mentor include:

-Choose someone who is currently doing something that you could see yourself doing in a year, in five years, or in ten years.  By doing this you will have access into inside information  on how to move up in the  work place.

-Locate someone who is well respected in the work place or who is a considered a veteran worker. They will have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share about the people and place where you work.

- If you are looking for a mentor outside of the workplace, choose someone who you are able to communicate well with and who will have your best interests at heart. You do not need to limit yourself to only looking within your company, explore others areas or places that your are involved in.  You never know when a connection may be handy.

Make sure that you are clear with yourself as to what type of mentor you are looking for.  Maybe you just need someone to show you the ropes, or maybe you want a teacher. Just be sure that you keep this in mind when searching for a mentor.

Once you believe that you have found someone who you believe would be a good mentor, set up a meeting.  This meeting will provide both of you an opportunity to get to know one another better.  During this time, discuss what you are looking for in a mentor to see if it something they would be willing to do.

Developing these connections not only help to develop your career they also provide opportunities for both people to learn and grow.