Skip to main content
8 answers
8
Asked 155 views

How do I find a mentor and why is it important to have one?

This is part of our professionals series

+25 Karma if successful
From: You
To: Friend
Subject: Career question for you

8

8 answers


2
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Diane’s Answer

First, know what you are looking for in a mentor and have a goal for your mentorship. What are you looking to gain by having a mentor? Once you have established that reach out to your existing network (family, friends, business partners, clubs you are a member in). There are mentorship platforms you can join to assist you in finding a mentor. Keep you eye/ears open an volunteer events, networking events, social gatherings for possible mentor candidates.
2
2
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Paul’s Answer

When I reflect back on my life, I have discovered that the people who stand out are the ones who challenged me with words and inspired me with their actions. They taught me, and they showed me, and they lived by the philosophy they shared.

Many people might look at mentoring as something that might be done in athletics or at the local school. Those types of mentoring are very important, but there are many different forms that mentoring can take.

Mentoring can be defined as any action that inspires another. Every time we watch someone and make a mental note of what they are doing, in regards to their character or conduct, we are being mentored.

When you greet a person in the hallway with a hello, or a smile, or give a person a compliment, someone might be watching you.

Mentoring is about the choices that we make in life, and the way that be observe the world and the decisions that we make regarding how we act in it. Mentoring can happen at any time. It is something that we receive and something that we give.

Where are mentors found? Well, mentors are all around us. They are everywhere that we look. Anytime there is a sharing of knowledge or a teaching of experience, there is a mentor.

There are a number of different kinds of mentors we can seek out, both in our personal and professional lives. A mentor is an individual whose principles and values have dictated their decisions in life. They can teach us about effective living, humility, contentment, interactions with family and friends, and keep our priorities straight in a world that often threatens to corrupt them.

They can really be anyone. They can be a parent, they can be a school teacher, coach, or a person from history. They can be either living or deceased, but they all have one thing in common. They are good leaders. My mentors are Ara Parseghian and Mike Krzyzewski. I have learned and been mentored by their amazing leadership, wisdom, and the examples they set for others who have followed them. My first mentors were my parents. Their lives have been an example in industriousness and humility, qualities which I believe had a significant impact on my life.

So mentors are literally everywhere we look, and you can find one just about anywhere. My parents used to always say, that everything that you know today, you have learned from someone else. Life is a learning opportunity, and those lessons are being taught all around us by mentors.
2
1
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

EZINNA’s Answer

Oh my! What an mazing question needed in a time like this. First up, who is a mentor? A mentor is someone that guides, teaches and advises a less experienced or younger individual.
Finding a mentor becomes very easy by identifying: a) if you need one.
b) on what area(s) you need a mentoring. c) Identify people within your vicinity or reach that have such qualifications.
d) Reach out to them. This can be done through calls or by setting up a meeting with them and requesting that they mentor you.

The importance of having a mentor are:
a) A mentor supports your growth.
b) A mentor guides you by giving your constructive feedbacks.
c) A mentor is always available for you to draw from their vast knowledge and experiences.
d) A mentor helps you set realistic goals and helps you achieve them too.
e) A mentor eggs you on even when nobody else does.
f) A mentor believes in you even when you don't believe in yourself.

Goodluck on your quest and may you find a wonderful mentor.
1
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Chirayu’s Answer

It is important to have a mentor as he or she can provide you with knowledge, expertise and share what skills they possess with their field. A mentor can guide you in the right path based on what your career intentions are, what you want to study, what skills you have. By having a 1:1 you will get a deeper understanding and they will also be able to help you guide through roadblocks or challenges you may face. A good mentor will be someone who cares about others and is willing to help them grow or dedicate time to them and provide advice when needed. A good mentor can be found anywhere, whether it is someone in your company or your past colleague or maybe a teacher in high school or someone in the same field as you or something you want to pursue. Mentorship is very beneficial as it will help you better your skills and drive you to be a better you in the long run.
0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Misty’s Answer

I love this question. Even as adult working member of society, I still believe that we need mentors. However, having a true mentor, like several of the posts above state, can be really tough to establish. Someone that has AND is willing to give you their time (which is the BIGGEST commitment for a mentor) is a precious gift.
Something I have learned along the way is that "asking for a mentor" does not always generate the results you think it will. If you start aligning yourself with those that you admire in small ways. For example, join a project that they lead, set up small meetings that you can ask questions about them and their journey, because most people like to tell their experience but not in a "formal - I am your mentor" way. You almost have to "sneak" up to the mentoring relationship with someone. It does not always work, and some people are unobtainable for a meeting series that is daunting to think it will be a commitment for several months long. You, as the mentee have to be flexible and meet them where they are on any given day.

I believe it's important to find people that are both years ahead of you in the field you are interested in and that you just enjoy their work ethic even if they are in a different career to gather perspectives that you didn't know existed.

One ultimate goal is learning as much about yourself and others so that you have a deep knowledge of others' lives and what you are continuing to strive to be because one day you might notice someone is looking at you for their mentor path. :)
0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Supreet’s Answer

Having a mentor can be beneficial because they can provide guidance, support, and advice based on their own experiences and knowledge. They can help you navigate challenges and obstacles, provide feedback and constructive criticism, and help you set and achieve personal and professional goals. Additionally, a mentor can also serve as a role model and offer valuable networking opportunities.

If you have anything specific - please do let me know
0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Trevor’s Answer

I think as you go throughout your college and career you’ll naturally gravitate to certain people who maybe 3-5, 10-20 years ahead of you. Look to these individuals who show an interest in you to be good mentors. I think you will find them by just looking around you. It’s important to have them, because you can learn from them and their experiences.
0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Trevor’s Answer

I think as you go throughout your college and career you’ll naturally gravitate to certain people who maybe 3-5, 10-20 years ahead of you. Look to these individuals who show an interest in you to be good mentors. I think you will find them by just looking around you. It’s important to have them, because you can learn from them and their experiences.
0