We have already covered what a mentor is, and you have started looking for people who could possibly serve as a mentor in your career journey. Now you are faced with the questions, how to find a good mentor and how to find the right mentor for you.
There are certain characteristics that will make someone a good mentor for you personally. Find two or three people you admire, respect and find interesting in the career area or areas that you are interested in pursuing. You can find these people in your own network, they can be your neighbour’s, friends, bosses, family friend or teacher. You can also find them on social media sites. A lot of professional people do not mind if people ask them to be their mentor.
When looking for a mentor, you need to make sure that they have credible experience in the career that you are interested in. The best mentors know a lot about their jobs, and they perform well in their area of expertise. A good mentor should also be open and able to communicate with you. You have to make sure that your mentor has time for you. It will help you to write down qualities you admire in people in the career field you are interested in and then identifying individuals you know who embody these qualities.
In order to make the most of your learning experience with your mentor or mentors you have to make sure that they know you as best as they can. This you will only be able to do if you can build rapport with them. Be yourself and be honest with them about what you want from your career and what you are willing to do to have a successful career.
Good mentors are people who know themselves and their career field well. They are able to communicate effectively and are passionate about helping others. They have experience in the career field that you are considering embarking on in your career journey and they can provide you with an inside look on what having that career is like in real life. They can also serve as a role model and as a reference for you on your CV.
You have to keep in mind that your individual characteristics, skills and talents will determine whether a certain person will be able to be a good mentor for you. The better you know yourself, the easier it will be to select the right mentor for you.