Having Trouble Finding A Mentor? Here’s What You’re Doing Wrong

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Find a mentor. That’s a piece of advice that you’re going to get after school that can actually make your career. However, finding a mentor is something that a lot of us approach awkwardly, ruining our chances of actually getting one. If you’ve hit a road block when it comes to finding a mentor, or you have no idea where to start, this article is exactly what you need.

Look For Someone That’s Accessible

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One of the mistakes that graduates make when searching for a mentor is looking too far. For instance, when you ask a graduate who they would like to be their mentor, they start mentioning celebrities and successful business people like Kofi Amoabeng. While it’s okay to aspire to the success that those people have, realistically speaking there’s a very slim chance of you actually getting people who are that busy (and have no connection to you) to be your mentor.

Find Someone That’s Close To Your Age

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When a lot of people think of a mentor, they think of someone that’s much older than them. Basically, aged and wise. However, a mentor is simply someone who has passed through the stage that you’re in. Even if you have access to someone that’s just 5 years older, that person would usually make a good mentor. That’s because they’re from the same generation (therefore, easier to talk to), and they have also recently passed through what you’re going through and so can advice you.

Look For A Person Who Has Done/Is Doing Something That You’re Interested In

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The point of having a mentor is that they’re actually helping you achieve what you’ve set out to. Choosing someone in your same field makes all the difference because they have gone through the same exact things that you are about to through.

Don’t Be Too Direct

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If there’s someone that you’re thinking of asking to be your mentor, that means that they’ve accomplished things. And people who accomplish things are usually busy people. If you message someone like that for the first time asking them to be your mentor, you might just scare them off. Instead, if it’s your first time reaching out, tell them that you admire them and ask if it’s possible to get lunch and hear their story.

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