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Finding the Perfect Mentor

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leadership  ✺  career  ✺  mentorship  ✺  experience

How to find the perfect mentor today.

Use the following framework

1️⃣ Identify your goals 🎯
Before embarking on the search for a mentor, take some time to reflect on your professional aspirations and areas where you could use guidance. For instance, are you looking for general career guidance or to improve on a specific skillset such as communicating for influence? Knowing your goals will help you pinpoint the experiences you need in a mentor and make your search more focused and effective.

2️⃣ Observe potential mentors within your organization 🕵‍♂️
Be observant of your coworkers during everyday interactions. Spot those who inspire you, showcase the skills you want to develop, or possess experiences you aim to achieve. Make these inspiring individuals your mentorship targets!

3️⃣ Seek help from your manager 👩‍💻
Your manager can be a valuable resource in identifying potential mentors. Share your goals and interests with them, and ask for recommendations. They may have insights on colleagues who possess the skills and experience you seek.

4️⃣ Ask colleagues for recommendations 👥
Tap into your colleagues' networks and experiences, particularly those that have been in the organization for some time and/or have moved around, to discover potential mentors. Share your goals and aspirations, and ask if they can recommend someone who may be a good fit for you.

5️⃣ Explore internal mentorship programs 📚
Check if your company has a formal mentorship program in place (or tooling that facilitates mentorship pairings). These programs can help match you with experienced professionals within the organization who are committed to helping others grow and succeed.

6️⃣ Network, network, network 🤝
Attend internal events, industry conferences, and seminars, to widen your professional circle. Use platforms like LinkedIn to connect with professionals in your field. Seek out potential mentors who possess the experience, skills, and qualities that align with your objectives.

What are you waiting for? Take the first step today towards finding a mentor and watch your career success story unfold! ☀