How To Find Your Dream Mentorship
I’m sure you’ve heard it before: a mentor is the most valuable relationship you’ll ever have in your career. But where do you find one? And how do you make sure that relationship is meaningful? Finding a mentor can also be an intimidating process, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few different ways you can go about finding your dream mentor, and by following these steps, you’ll be able to find the right mentor for you in no time!
Consider why you want a mentor
You’ll need to know what kind of qualities you’d like in your mentor before you start looking for them. Do you want someone who’s more experienced with tech? Or do you want someone who is more experienced with personal development? This can help narrow down your search when it comes time to find your mentor. Do you want someone who can give you advice on how to navigate politics at work? Or do you want someone who will help guide your career development from start to finish? It’s important to know what type of mentorship is best suited for your needs, so that when you’re looking for one, you can find someone who fits the bill.
Find a mentor through your network
This may seem obvious, but don’t forget about the people around you who inspire and motivate you, they might also be great mentors for you! Ask around at work or school—or even just here in the GTA Black Women In Tech network—and see if anyone comes up that seems like they’d be willing to take on the role of mentorship for another person. You may be surprised at how many people are willing to help out when they see how passionate someone else is about something.
Find a mentor through a scheme or organisation
Groups like these can connect professionals with opportunities to learn from each other and grow their careers as well
Start your relationship with your mentor on the right foot.
Make sure that you have a clear idea of what you want from them and what they can offer you. If you don’t know where to start, ask yourself: What do I need? What are my goals? What do I want out of this relationship?
Keep the relationship going
Once you’ve found someone who seems like a good fit for the role of your mentor, make sure that they understand what it means to be a mentor and set clear expectations for both parties. Remember that this isn’t something that happens overnight—it’s an ongoing process where both parties are constantly learning from each other and growing together over time.
Know when it has ended
There comes a point when every mentorship ends; it’s just as important to know when that time is as it is to know how to find a good one in the first place! But how do you know when it has ended? Here are some signs to look for:
-Your mentor has stopped giving you advice and guidance.
-You feel like you’re not learning new things from them.
-They don’t seem interested in what’s going on in your life anymore.
-You find yourself more interested in their opinion than they are in yours.