Career Development does not stop once you find a job. The process of developing through a career is a journey, one that takes dedication and determination. Finding a mentor can help you along the way. A mentor by definition is an “experienced and trusted adviser”, but also a useful resource and person to learned from. Determining the right person to fulfill that role can be difficult, but here are several steps that can help to find the best fit for a mentor (http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryhannon/2011/10/31/how-to-find-a-mentor/)
- Determine what you would like to learned and/or need in a mentor.
- Investigate and ask the Human Resource Department at your company or organization to identify if they have an in house mentoring program.
- Don’t forget to look outside the place you work.
- LinkedIn can be a useful resource. Check for alumni or people in a field you are interested in.
- A mentor does not have to be older than you; professionals at all age levels have experience. Depends on what you would like to learn from the mentor.
- Create an elevator speech that will spark interest and create a connection with the mentor you have selected.
- Sometimes it’s okay to search for a mentor with a specific request in mind.
- Dedicate time to the relationship.
If you have questions about this topic or others relating to career development, the job search or determining a major, feel free to make an appointment with a career counselor through the Regis Career Services office. The easiest ways to make an appointment is to visit our webpage at regis.edu/careerservices and clicking the book now button or calling us at 303-458-3508.