National Mentoring Month

January 14, 2015


January is National Mentoring Month and is a great time to discuss the importance of finding and having a mentor. I pride myself on focusing our practice on using a mentoring approach with our clients as well as by being a mentor myself. I learned when starting our practice how important it was to have a mentor and what they can do to help you in your career. Sometimes finding a mentor can be easier than you think, here are some tips to help you find the right one.

1. Clarify what you want.
First, decide what you want and the role you want your mentor to play. Clarifying your goals and expectations will help to find the right mentor and relationship.

2. Think outside your cubicle and don’t restrict yourself.
Seek out mentors outside your workplace such as people within associations, organizations, college or community groups.

3. Set up a meeting.
Once you have found a potential mentor, ask them to meet and discuss a possible relationship with you. This should take place somewhere that is mutually comfortable and where you can speak freely.

4. Be clear with your mentor.
Make sure you let them know what you want, the time required and establish regular meetings and topics you would like to discuss.

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