Mentoring relationships are important for the mentor as well as the mentee. Unfortunately, finding and building the right connection can often take time. If you are looking to build a mentoring relationship, whether as a mentor or as a mentee, you have several options.
Sometimes forming a mentoring relationship is as simple as asking the other person. While it can be a bit awkward at first, if you work with someone or you know someone who you think would make a great mentor, ask the person to help you. If you are looking to mentor, you could also approach someone to see if they would like your help.
Make it Casual
Mentoring relationships do not need to be something formal, and you do not even need to use the terms “mentor” and “mentee.” If you are looking for a mentor, find someone or even several people who are willing to answer your questions. If you are looking to mentor, be open to answering questions and helping those who are less experienced.
In the digital age, you have so many more opportunities to connect with people than you did even ten or fifteen years ago. LinkedIn recently introduced a free feature that matches mentors with mentees. These relationships can be formed outside of your current LinkedIn network. Those interested in being mentored or being a mentor can provide information on what they would like to discuss as well as other specs, such as region, industry, and school.
In much the same style as a dating app, once you have entered your information, you will be given potential matches. You can swipe to see your matches. Then pick the one or ones you think would be a good match. Your matches will be notified of your desire to connect. While the feature is not available for all LinkedIn users yet, it is expected to be available to everyone by the end of the summer.
Forming mentoring relationships takes time, no matter what option you pick. If you are willing to put forth the effort, though, you may find yourself achieving great things in your career. If interested in learning more about this and related topics, visit the LinkedIn Resources or Career Advice section of our blog.
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