Mentorship is an amazing thing. Mentors keep you humble, inspired, motivated, and in-check all at once. Do you have a mentor? Is there someone in your life who you think may be your mentor? Before you text somebody, "are you my mentor?", use the questions below to figure it out:
- Do you talk to them as often as every week but not as often as every day?
- Does this person give you advice without telling you exactly what to do?
- Is this person in a position that you would one day like to find yourself in?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you may just have yourself a mentor. A mentor/mentee relationship can be informal or formal, and isn't a set of rules. I will say that a mentor/mentee relationship should be beneficial to both parties, whether it's through gaining career advice, having someone to talk to, networking opportunities, or receiving general guidance on anything.
If you answered no to any of the above questions, then that's OK; you're officially on the hunt! There are a few ways to find a mentor.
- At work: She might be the woman with the best pumps in the office or she might be the badass negotiator who you always hear great things about. Seek her out, set up some time to meet, ask questions, and have an easy-going conversation. If things click and you begin to meet regularly, then you have found yourself a mentor.
- Online: Glassbreakers is an amazing online tool for women to find mentors. For many of us in school or in industries that are short on women, it's not unusual to find a mentor online. Glassbreakers matches you with a mentor you can chat with (and eventually take it offline) based on industry, interests, and skills.
- Through a friend: This is probably the easiest way to find a mentor. Often, we have friends who have parents, bosses, colleagues, and friends who we look up to. There's nothing wrong with having a mentor who is your age/peer. Sometimes they're easier to approach and access and can give you more relevant advice if they've had similar experiences as you.
Whichever way you approach finding a mentor, I wish you the best in your endeavor!