How do I go about seeking mentors as a young professional?
I'm a young professional who entered the workforce a little before the beginning of the 2020 pandemic. Having worked remotely for a little more than a year now, I realized I haven't developed much face-to-face professional relationships with those with more experience under their belts. #career-counseling #mentors #
How do I go about seeking mentors now that most professionals now are working remotely?
Lastly, depending on your organization, they will have Employee Resource Groups, volunteer teams, or culture events that you can participate in and that will help connect you with like minded/similar interests and you will build connections/mentors from that.
Brooke recommends the following next steps:
Another avenue would be with your HR team who may be able to direct you to any available employee resource groups as there may be mentorship programs already set up that you can join. Your direct team members can also be great resources in terms of directing you to potential mentors or even agreeing to be your mentor as I am sure they would have valuable experience to share.
Frank Minerva, CFA, CFP®
I do a fair amount of mentoring so here are some thoughts based on my experience:
*Make a list of people you admire/respect that you think can provide value to you in a mentoring relationship
* Make a list of the topics you want to talk to your mentor about; share them with him/her early
*Be upfront and clear with your mentor about your willingness to listen to feedback and your goals/objectives
*Find someone you believe you can establish a relationship of trust/confidentiality
* If the mentor you choose is in your company, find someone outside of your performance review chain so candor will be easier
* Make sure you and your mentor are invested/committed to this relationship
*Establish the frequency and timing of your meetings
*Establish a length of time and end date for the engagement