A 4 minute read by Allie Blinder, Community Manager
1. an experienced and trusted adviser.
I have been graced with several incredible mentors over the years, and each has come in a different way. Sometimes I did not even realize that they were a mentor until way, way later (kind of embarrassing, but also super humbling). Each relationship has taught me exponentially more than I could have dreamed of and helped me refine what I need in a mentor. From my personal experience and talking with colleagues, friends, parents and many more people, I have compiled a few tips to help you find your professional soul mate.
Some companies have established, structured mentor programs, so thoughts of finding a mentor might not be as prevalent. For those of you who are in a program like this, I challenge you to make sure that your assigned mentor is the right fit for you. Computer systems don’t know everything (wait, what???), so if you’re not jiving with your mentor, push back and seek a mentor that’s right for you.
There is no limit to the amount of mentors one person can have. In fact, some of the most successful people never stop seeking others to help them learn in different aspects of their personal and private lives. Everyone has areas in which they can continue to grow, and that’s ultimately what a mentor is there for. For example, Oprah Winfrey was mentored by Maya Angelou and has said, “She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. Mentors are important and I don’t think anybody makes it in the world without some form of mentorship.”
5 Tips To Finding Your Dream Mentor
Finding a mentor can seem daunting and unimportant, but it doesn’t have to and shouldn’t be either of those. Don’t feel like you have to find one your first day on the job. It takes time, self reflection and transparency. Relationships are crucial as you go through life, so always be cognizant of people’s influence on you and how they can help you better yourself.
So, whether you’ve just transitioned into the professional world, or you are an old pro at Excel spreadsheets and email etiquette, having a mentor is essential. We get so caught up in growing our clients, that we forget to grow ourselves.
Feeling ready to take on the world? It’s time to ask someone you admire to grab that coffee.