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Finding a Mentor for Career Growth

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Career Advice, Self-ImprovementA mentor is a very valuable person you can have in your life. Many people don't see education as a life-long process but it really is. If you're not learning, you're not growing, and after receiving a formal education, a lot of people think that they're set in life and won't need another teacher to show them the way. But a mentor does more than what a teacher would do. A mentor guides you, advises you, and supports you in not only your personal life, but also in your career. Think of a mentor as a friend who've done what you've done and can show you how to do it better than what you're doing now.

Al Dea, a professional career coach, wants you to ask several questions about your prospective mentor that would lead you to finding the best mentor for both yourself and for your career.

  1. Do they actually have experience in doing what you're doing, career wise?

  2. Do they care about whether or not others succeed?

  3. Do they give clear, concise, and constructive feedback?

  4. Do they speak truthfully, regardless if it would hurt you or others?

  5. Do they invest in themselves?

  6. Do they value personal growth in general?

  7. Do they have your respect both as a person at work and as a person in society?

  8. Do they have the respect of others, both at work as well as in their regular life?

  9. Have they been mentored by others?

Dea says that your prospective mentor doesn't need to be a fit for every single one of these questions, but the more the merrier. All of these questions seek to answer the question of what makes a good mentor, which Dea goes in depth, point by point, in the article. Applying these questions into finding a mentor can be very beneficial in not only your development as a professional, but also in your development as a person.

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