A significant mentoring experience can be life-changing. Wise counsel can help you at key points to navigate the unchartered waters of your working life.
But when conducting a mentor search, what you’re looking for? Where do you look? And how do you make it happen?
We know we learn through books and from professors. We gain knowledge through experience, both good and bad. But where do we go for been-there-done-that advice that will shorten learning curves, accelerate growth and allow us to avoid costly career mistakes? The answer, for many, is a mentor.
Despite what some people might say (hello, crazy mentor myths!), a good mentor is like having a career angel who can shine a bright light on your bold ideas and tough work questions.
While you might find a new mentor in a more traditional place like an industry event, you can also find a go-to person in some seriously unlikely situations…
Mentors have helped me see many things differently. That includes what I want to accomplish in life and how to go after it, both personally and professionally.
I truly believe I would not have gotten this far were it not for choosing the right mentor…
The internet is chock-full of advice on how to boost your career success. While most of these articles are helpful (I’ve written quite a few myself), they seem to largely focus on how to find success by yourself.
But what about finding success through others? That’s where mentor relationships come into play.
There are so many myths out there: The Lochness Monster, the Bermuda Triangle, all that stuff that happened on the set of Poltergeist, for example. And there are plenty of mentorship myths, too.
The reality is that people think certain things when they hear the word mentor, and a lot of it is false…