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10 top tips for finding a mentor

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Written by: Admin | Posted 26 October 2017 13:48

10 top tips for finding a mentor

Tech guru Rav Bumbra offers her 10 top tips for finding a mentor

  • Before seeking out a mentor, write down any problems or requirements regarding your subject matter. Make a list of where you think your mentor can add value. This is where your conversation with your mentor will start.
  • Take a look at your closest network. Are there any people in your circle such as colleagues, friends, an old boss or friends of friends who are leaders in their field.
  • LinkedIn is another great way to find mentors. Do some research on people who are leaders in the field on your subject matter and look up their credentials. You should be looking for someone that you want to be like, someone who has the skills that you want to emulate. Spend some time finding the right person.
  • Reach out to your list of possible mentors via email or through a connection request on LinkedIn. Remember to customise your invitation; those 300 characters can have a big impact when you’re connecting with people you don’t know and it’s your only opportunity to convince them to accept.
  • Don’t be too disappointed if you don’t get the reply you are hoping for. Leaders have a very busy schedule and may not have the time to mentor. Alternatively, they could be mentoring a few people already so may not have the capacity to mentor anyone else at that time.

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  • When you receive a positive reply, arrange a call at a time that is convenient for your potential mentor.
  • Think about what you will say. A direct “will you be my mentor?” may scare someone off. Be clear that you are looking for support and guidance, and someone to help you achieve your career goals. Successful mentoring is based on a two-way relationship, so use the call to discuss the obstacles you are facing and how you think mentoring will help you move forward.
  • Work through your list of possible mentors until you find someone you relate to and understands your goals and vision. You also need to address how much time you will need. Break this up into realistic timescales. For example, you could suggest 1.5 hours every quarter (that’s only six hours a year).
  • Get to know your mentor’s working style. Keep to a schedule and stick with it. Don’t start bombarding your mentor with questions for advice at the last minute if it doesn’t fit into a pre-outlined relationship that you have established.
  • Good mentors are there to challenge you. Each meeting should end with clear and positive actions to follow through before your next meeting. Remember, good mentors should push you out of your comfort zone in order for you to reap the most benefits out of the mentoring relationship.  
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