7 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Mentor

March 07, 2016
Clearly define what you would like to get out of the mentoring partnership, both developmentally, and personally. Whether it be baby steps up the corporate ladder; specific skill training, or just an overall improvement on the way you work, find your reason in your mentoring partnership. What is your overall goal? Clearly defining this will give you an advantage and help to obtain the results you seek in the relationship.

Ensure that you have planned for the time commitment that you are requesting of your mentor, as well as the time commitment that you will need to make in the mentoring partnership. Keep in mind that your mentor is probably someone who is sought out in the business world, and their time is valuable to them. Make sure you are respectful and appreciative of the time allotted to you by ensuring you can adhere to committed time to your mentor. Also make sure to make the most of the time given, might as well take advantage of the opportunity.

Asses your own present knowledge levels. To make the most of the time you and your mentor have, make sure you have a firm idea of the skills you have confidently grasped, and the areas you could use some help; allow your time spent with your mentor to be focused on the areas you could use some help.

After you have identified what you want from a mentoring partnership, examine what you want in a mentor. This step is very important, you have to make sure you identify what field you need mentoring in; and which type of mentor will be the one to best suit your need. Make a short term and a long term intention list, and keep these objectives in mind when selecting your mentor.

Make an appointment and meet with the short list of potential mentors. Even if it takes place over the phone, or a short lunch, meet with your potential mentor to see how you click before choosing; itís a big decision so take some time to scope out your potentials. Think of it as interviewing to choose a nanny for your children (your children being your potential future career), you would want to take the time to scope this potential person out to see if you trust them with your children; treat this situation the same way with your potential future.

Consider a mentor from a different background or culture. Consider stepping outside of your comfort zone for this a bit; choosing a mentor with a more diverse set of skills (professionally and culturally) can expose you to more than picking a standard mentor you feel comfortable with; so remember, keep an open mind!

If you cannot find the right mentor, you may want to review and reconsider whatís truly important to you. If you arenít able to find a mentor, your needs may be unrealistic, or maybe there isn't a mentor available. Consider taking some career assessments to revaluate your next logical career move.

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