Mentor; an experienced and trusted advisor. A person who gives a younger or less experienced person help and advice over a period of time.
A good mentor can help you accelerate your career or business, navigate the unknown and just generally figure things out. Finding yourself a mentor when you’ve never had one before can feel overwhelming but your dream mentor may be closer than you think. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, I’ve got you. Whether you work for an organisation, own your own business or freelance here’s three ways you can find your dream mentor today.
Look at your network. Who have you worked with previously that you already have some type of connection with and could learn from or benefit from their advice? Who have you become aware of in your current role or circumstances that inspires or impresses and is doing what you want.
If you work in an organisation find out what internal mentoring schemes exist. Lots of companies now have formal mentoring schemes that you can join to either find a mentor or become a mentor whatever stage you are at in your career. If you’re relatively senior in your organisation dont rule mentoring out for yourself, many companies have started reverse mentoring programmes, asking junior employees to mentor senior colleagues which has proven to be hugely beneficial for all involved.
Think about who you have you come across online or on social media that you admire and could learn from whether thats through a formal paid programme they offer or causally and informally by connecting with them on a more personal level.
The key to finding a mentor is to seek out people you have seen in action and already have some type of relationship with that you can build on. So once you find one or a few people you’d like to get closer to make sure you let them know. Where this isnt the case, lets say because you’re new to a space or company then its about tapping into formal programmes that allow you to connect with people who are already actively willing able to give up their time to advise and support people like you.