Having a mentor can do wonders for your career. Knowing that you have someone you can go to for sage career advice, support and encouragement is incredibly valuable.
Just keep in mind that as the mentee you should drive the relationship. This includes following up periodically to keep lines of communication open:
While the mentor needs to set aside time in his or her calendar to invest in you, you need to be just as invested, if not more. If you’re not willing to take the initiative and set up meetings and follow through, you’re simply not going to get much out of the exchange. Maintaining consistent communication is key to ensuring the professional relationship you built stays strong for months or years to come. You never know when you might seek your mentor’s guidance once again.
For more advice, including questions to ask yourself before searching for a mentor, read: How to Land a Mentor to Boost Your Career.
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