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:
- Where are you in your career now and where do you want to be?
- Why do you want a mentor?
- What kind of mentor would best complement your personality and communication style?
- What values, achievements, success, and abilities would you like your mentor to exemplify?
- What do you want to achieve from the relationship?
- 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.