Finding a Mentor

A mentor is an experienced individual who provides you guidance on your career or helps in your personal growth. I have been very lucky to have four wonderful mentors. They have provided me with valuable advice and guidance over the years. I highly recommend young professionals to find a mentor early in their careers.

So, how do you find a mentor?

If your college has a mentor-mentee program, get involved in it. If not, then you can do other things. First, attend as many events as possible. If you want someone to become your mentor, approach them at the event and politely ask them to meet over for coffee. Most people will generally agree if you are sincere and approach them professionally. If they are not free in the coming days or weeks, ask them when would be a good time to reach them and follow up promptly. Second, if you cannot meet your potential mentor physically, you can approach them online. See if that person is on LinkedIn. If so, then add them on LinkedIn and send a short message with an introduction about yourself and why you want to connect. Third, reach out to your current network. You will be surprised to find many people who want to help you. If you are a student, then approach the teacher who most influenced you or whose class that you enjoyed the most. If you are currently working, then approach a supervisor or manager who can assist you in your professional growth.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and get yourself a mentor.

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