Who doesn’t want someone to help them navigate all the tricky moments in their career?
Working with a mentor can help you define and reach short and long term goals. A career coach will give you a look from the outside, that will be clearer and more objective on your work. Whether you just want to bounce ideas or need help crafting your first business plan for investors, having a mentor can be highly beneficial.
Here are six pieces of advice on how to start and maximize your relationship with a mentor.
1. Don’t ask strangers.
Find great career coach through the inspiring people you’re already interacting and working with now. People who believe in you because you have already demonstrated your potential – who know how you think, act, communicate and contribute. If you don’t yet have someone in mind, make a list of successful people in your community. Pick the person that you most admire and simply ask for 30 minutes of her time to chat over a cup of coffee
2. Look outside the office
You can find mentors outside the workplace from associations you belong to, activities you’re involved in, neighbors, and relatives. You can also try going to industry events such as lunches, seminars, talks and conferences. Talk to people, listen to their stories and keep in contact with those whom you can learn from.
3. Avoid the formal question
The “Will you be my mentor question” can sound strained and like way too much work and responsibility. A mentor-mentee relationship takes time to grow, so start by asking for simple advice on one project or problem.
4. Make it fun
Ask with a smile on your face and a bit of excitement. There’s an energy-boosting opportunity for both of you, and the mentor-mentee relationship can often turn into a friendship. Find ways to meet regularly, nurture the relationship
5. Be someone who’s enjoyable to mentor: how you act will attract mentors.
Are you somebody you yourself would like to mentor?
Being great at what you do is the most important thing to get noticed Be someone who is eager to learn, and is demonstrating that every day. Participate in all meetings, ask for more responsibility and think of ways you can contribute in deeper and more expensive ways. Also, asking questions and sincerely listening will help you get practical feedback. So resist the urge to respond defensively. And most importantly. Promote the success of others – your generosity and openness are critical to your success, and will be remembered.
6. Give back
Do something for them: look for opportunities to introduce your mentors to people you feel would benefit them or pass along business opportunities they’d be interested in. Forward news articles relevant to their business and life. Giving back also means mentoring others using the experience you gained along the way. This will give you a better idea of how to work with a mentor yourself.