Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.
– John C. Crosby
Whether you’re only starting to think about career development or have just started working, having the right mentor can be a great help in self-discovery and meaningful learning.
The best mentoring relationships are those built on reciprocation and mutual learning. You may have more than one mentor in different aspects which can come together to create a victorious cycle of growth.
That said, how do you find the best mentor for yourself? Here are some things to consider:
What do you want to learn?
Think about where you are at this stage of your life and what is most important to you. If you’re an undergraduate, you might look for someone who can help you figure out your strengths and weaknesses. They can be the guidance you need when deciding on a major and in discovering a career path. If you are first starting work, you could find a mentor with the relevant experiences and strengths you want to tap on.
What are your challenges?
This will impact the type of mentor you are looking for. Are you confused about life and need help discovering yourself? Or do you need help figuring out which path to take? Depending on your current challenges, the type of mentorship you need will differ. Mentors are unique in who they are and what they can offer. Thinking about your priorities will allow you to find the best-fit mentor at this point in time.
Remember that a mentoring relationship is an investment on both your and your mentor’s parts. To get the best experience, you’ll need to dedicate certain time and effort into the relationship and to continue work on it. In the end, your mentor wants you to succeed, but you’ll have to put in the work as well.
If you think you’re ready to start finding a mentor that’s right for you, sign up for our mentorship program and get ready for some exciting times ahead!