The term “mentor” can mean different things to different people. Usually it’s someone in the same field as you, who has been in the industry longer and who can guide you throughout your career.
Finding a great mentor can be life-changing: he or she can inspire and motive you, expand your network and push you to achieve true career success. So how can you establish a real connection with someone you respect from afar? Well, once you’ve identified the mentor you want to approach, there are a few ways to handle it:
[Megan Dalla-Camina, positive psychology workplace expert], explains that you can seek an introduction from a mutual connection or send an email directly to the person and ask for 30 minutes of his or her time. “Be specific in your request,” she points out. “Open-ended requests can scare people off.” Tell your potential mentor what you admire about him and three things you want to ask during the 30-minute meeting. If the initial connection goes well, find out if your contact is willing to meet on a monthly or quarterly basis.
For more advice, including where to find a mentor, read: How To Land a Mentor and Boost Your Career.
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