Waiting for the ideal mentor to take you under her wing and ensure career success? Even if you are in a formal mentoring program and have been assigned a mentor, you are still responsible for your growth and development. And, you are going to need to have multiple mentors throughout your career if you are to be successful. So get ready. You are in the driver’s seat.
Over the next 3 days I will give you a pocket list of ten things you can do to make sure your mentoring relationship stays on course. Let’s get started:
1. Have a conversation with yourself about why you want to have a mentor. Get clear about your purpose, objectives, and intention. These will help clarify whether you indeed could benefit from having a mentor, or whether you need a coach, training, or further education instead.
2. Think about what you hope to gain as a result of being in a mentoring relationship. At the end of the day, or in this case, the relationship, what is it you will be able to say you have learned? What is it you want to say you can do that you couldn’t do before? What is it you will be celebrating that you have achieved?
3. Identify the characteristics and attributes you are looking for in your mentors. Chemistry does not make a good mentor. It is nice when it exists, but what is even more important, is to find a mentor who has the experience, expertise and wisdom that you will need for your professional and career development.