How to Find Mentors That Match with Your Needs

How to Find Mentors That Match with Your Needs

Posted on Jun 26, 2018

How to Find Mentors That Match with Your Needs

A mentor can be invaluable. They can guide you toward the right career path, share their hard-won experiences with you, and give you sage advice to help you on your journey.

They may even open doors to new opportunities or jobs.

But in order to offer all these amazing benefits? They first need to be the right fit. An ill-fitting mentor won’t know what to say or where to guide you, nor will they have the experience or skills you need to learn from.

In short, the entire arrangement will waste both your time and the mentor’s. And in today’s busy world, is that really something you’re willing to risk?

If you’re going to go out on a limb and work with a mentor, you need to be sure it’s the best fit possible. To do this, you should:

Know exactly what you’re looking for.

What are you looking to get out of the mentoring arrangement? Advice to get you to the top of your department? Guidance on how to better manage your work-life balance? Help bettering certain skills or bridging knowledge gaps you might have?

Sit down and make a list of exactly what your ideal mentor would have to offer you. Not every mentor will have the same skills and knowledge to pass on, so honing in on exactly what you’re hoping to learn can help you find the perfect fit.

Understand what you can commit and what you need.

Your mentor doesn’t just need to match up on values, skills and knowledge, but they also need to have the bandwidth available to support you. So take a beat and think: how much do you want your mentor involved?

Do you want a weekly, monthly or quarterly session? Do you want them to assign you tasks and homework you can learn from? Do you want them to follow up and circle back on items you’ve discussed?

Also, figure out how much time you can actually commit. Talk to your family, your boss and anyone else that demands your time, and see how often you could carve out time for mentoring. Knowing what you can commit, as well as what you expect your mentor to commit, can help you find the best fit possible when you’re on your search.

Use the right tools.

You’re not going to find a great mentor on Facebook or Twitter, and unless your company has a built-in mentoring program, you probably won’t find one in the office either. Your best bets for finding a great mentor are platforms like iConnectX or LinkedIn.

On iConnectX, you can find mentors who have the skills, experience and availability you’re looking for, and for a nominal fee, set up a mentoring session instantly. It’s seamless, easy and ensures you get a mentor who’s the right fit for your needs.

Choose someone you respect and want to be like.

Finally, once you’ve got a short list of potential mentors, you’ll want to consider: who do you want to be like? Who has the same values and ideals as you? Who has followed the career path you want to mimic? Who has gone about their career in the same way you’d like to? 

Ultimately, you want a mentor you respect – one you admire for how they’ve gone about their career and life and who has set a great example for those around them.

Finding a Great Mentor Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

If you’re on the hunt for a mentor who can help you achieve your life and career goals, give iConnectX a try. All it takes is a few minutes, and you can find a perfectly suited mentor and start your mentoring session in minutes.

Best of all, all mentoring fees go straight to a charity of the mentor’s choice, so you’re not only bettering your career – you’re improving the world around you.

Sign up for iConnectX today and see how it works for yourself.

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