Finding a Mentor: 6 Questions to Ask First

In a recent coaching conversation with a client, my client envisioned a bold, exciting and ambitious vision for her career over the next 5 years.  When asked, how she could move toward her career ambitions, one idea she had was to “find a mentor”.   As we further explored this idea, my client realized that there were several questions she needed to answer, before finding a mentor.

If you, like my client, are in the market for a mentor, here are 6 questions to ask yourself:

  1. Where are you in your career now and where do you want to be?
  2. Why do you want a mentor?
  3. What kind of mentor would best complement your personality and communication style?
  4. What values, achievements, success, and abilities would you like your mentor to exemplify?
  5. What do you want to achieve from the relationship?
  6. Where could you find a suitable mentor?

Once you’re clear about the answers to these questions – then go find your mentor! A good mentoring relationship can help you move toward your career aspirations, develop new talents and breakthrough perceived limitations.

For more ideas on how to find a mentor, follow the links below for an article on “Seven Tips for Finding a Great Mentor” at http://www.inc.com/ and “13 Tips on Finding a Mentor” from www.usnews.com.

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2010/01/13/13-tips-on-finding-a-mentor

http://www.inc.com/articles/2001/04/22407.html