Having a career mentor can change your life for the better. A mentor is someone to confide in when you’re at a crossroad professionally and soak in their wisdom. But, finding a career mentor can be challenging. It's not always your supervisor, and you may not know how to seek a mentor. Imagine your future self and try to find someone whose successes align with your dreams. And, as always, conduct yourself in a professional manner. Here are three more tips to get you started on the journey to finding a career mentor:
Don’t ask a stranger—Odds are you admire a professional in your community that you don’t personally know. It’s completely normal. But don’t assume that you can ask someone to be your mentor when they don’t know you. It’s intrusive and unprofessional. Ask for an introduction from a mutual connection and take time building a relationship.
Be enjoyable—People want to help nice, friendly people who seem worthy of their time and effort. If you tend to be glass-half-empty, then revise that perspective in order to attract a mentor. Mentors want novices who are nice, friendly, upbeat, energetic and ambitious.
Network—The most important key to finding a mentor is to network. Ask for tours of companies, go to organized networking events and don’t shy away during prime opportunities. Always hand out your business card and express sincerity in learning about someone. This will help you receive referrals to good mentor matches.