Sounds good, right? But the question is: How do you know a good mentor when you see one? Here are suggested questions to ask yourself as you look for a great mentor who is right for you.
Choosing the right mentor is an important decision. Therefore, don’t be in a rush. Take your time and choose wisely. To make it easier:
- Identify what you need and want from a mentor. Develop a list of short and long-term goals, which will help you figure out what skills and knowledge your mentor should have.
- Prepare questions that will help you get an idea of what a mentoring relationship would be like with that person. Ask those questions at an informal meeting.
- Ask others for input on the people you are considering. This can help you narrow your list.