Mentoring plays an important and vital part in a young individual’s life, the words of encouragement and support making all the difference.
While some people search long and hard for a mentor, others are fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time. When someone finds the right mentor it is a long term invested relationship. When you force a connection with a mentor however, it will likely end in disappointment and disaster.
It is ideal to have one male and one female mentor; it’s refreshing to get two opinions. It is also important to reach out to potential mentors of all ages, and in industries that you feel passionate about. Seek out advice from those who are professionally where you hope to be in ten or fifteen years’ time. Find out how they got to where they are, how they continued their professional development, and the little things they did that maybe made an important difference.
Social Media platforms such as LinkedIn or Twitter help us to find experienced people in our workfields and start contact with them in order to cultivate a long term relationship afterwards. It is essential to contact and add into your social media circles senior professionals and experienced people to learn from them and keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the field.
Google + is also a great tool for engaging with possible mentors and it will also enable you to create your own mentor circle.
My mentors have encouraged me to “lean in,” while continuing to work hard and be up-to-date in my interests and professional progress. Without them I wouldn’t have learn so much about my industry, travelled down new paths, or met so many exciting individuals. Finding your mentor is like finding that perfect pair of jeans or the essential little black dress—it takes time and effort, but once you’re there, confidence is yours.