When you're coming up in the game, its important to have someone in your corner, without ulterior motives, who truly has your best interests at heart. A person who has traveled a path similar to yours or who can honestly relate to you situation and show empathy and understanding can provide a level of insight, not found elsewhere. The best advice often comes from those who lived and experienced situations and circumstances similar to yours.
The benefits of having a mentor are priceless:
How do you get you a mentor?
- Take a moment to envision where you plan to be in 5 or 10 years and those steps you would need to take to accomplish your end goal. What skills do you need to hone? Is an advanced degree necessary? Do you anticipate a career change, or a shift in your chosen field?
- Identify those people that posses the qualities you admire; who are successful in your field; or who is in a position you see yourself, one day holding.
- Make a list of those individuals and why you would like them to mentor you.
- Reach out to them, explaining why you would like them to mentor you (that list came right in handy!!) and giving them the option of setting up a meeting.
- Maintain a mutually respectful and beneficial relationship with your mentor by always being respectful of your mentors time and do not forget to set your own boundaries as well.