ISO: A Mentor

You’re new to your field and have so much potential! You’re learning the responsibilities of your role and notice that there are a couple key players in your department or organization. You admire them and hope to one day be in their shoes. If you are anything like me, you have set hefty goals and may need some help along the way. Instead of admiring from afar, learn directly from the best. You need a mentor, but who do you choose? Here are a couple of tips that can help you along the way!

Tip 1: Build a professional relationship.

Just like most relationships, a great mentor/ mentee relationship starts with great rapport. You should feel comfortable confiding in and asking this individual any questions you may have. Developing this relationship will likely take time, so if it’s not fireworks right away, don’t give up! In addition, sometimes the best mentors are those who are very different from ourselves, so don’t dismiss the value of someone who provides a new perspective, different from your own. However, if you find it hard to relate over time or get the feeling that they are not interested, you might need to reconsider your mentor selection.

Tip 2: Ask them to be your mentor.

Since you have built a relationship with this individual it should be relatively easy to ask them to mentor you. It’s okay to have some jitters but remember to be confident. Let them know that you admire their work and would like to learn from them. Set up a time to meet and outline your desired outcomes of the mentor relationship prior to the meeting.

Tip 3: Prepare and communicate.

The key to a great mentorship is clear, concise communication. The best way to make the most out of your time is to be prepared with questions and topics you would like to cover… don’t expect the mentor to identify topics to discuss or even to set meeting times. Also, your meetings don’t always have to be about business — get to know your mentor further and how they got to be so successful, professionally and personally.

A mentor/ mentee relationship works if you do. Show your mentor how serious you are by being prepared at each meeting, communicating your thoughts clearly, and by listening and taking their advice. Put their advice into practice and next thing you know, you’ll have a co-worker ask you to be their mentor!

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Samantha Barron

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