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How to find a suitable professional mentor

Working with a mentor can be exceedingly valuable for anyone who wants to grow in their career. Mentors can provide insights into specific professional situations, negotiation tactics, opportunities and career path goals.

Finding a good candidate and asking them to be your mentor can feel challenging. It well worth it, however, to gain a trusted advisor and guide. In this article, we will discuss the best ways to find and engage with a mentor.

What is a mentor?

A mentor is someone who extends guidance to another person through experience by offering advice, building trust and listening and responding to questions and concerns. In order to mentor, an individual must be engaged, aware of the needs of the person they are mentoring, authentic and dependable.

In a professional sense, a mentor must also exhibit the attributes that are necessary to succeed in a specific industry or field. The purpose of a mentor is to provide guidance to someone who is starting out in a new field, exploring a new career path or simply wishes to succeed in their current position.

Some benefits of mentorship include:

  • Building professional connections for future opportunities
  • Having a reliable source for a letter of recommendation
  • Gaining honest feedback about your strengths and areas for improvement
  • Identifying opportunities and resources to build key skills
  • Having support during the hiring process for resume editing, practicing interview questions and developing an elevator pitch

How to find a mentor

Follow these steps to find a mentor who can support you by providing the insights and assistance you need.

  1. Reflect on whether mentorship is a good fit for you.Consider your attributes and whether you would be a good mentee. Ask yourself whether you would be someone you would like to mentor. If not, why? Are you respectful, willing to work hard, flexible and open to feedback and criticism? In order to succeed in a mentor-mentee relationship, you must be actively building your skills and looking to advance in your career.

Identify your mentorship needs. Consider outlining the goals you have set for your own professional growth and think about what it would take to achieve those goals. This can be a starting point for your conversations with your mentor. It can also help you to select someone who can help you achieve those goals.

  • Select people to ask for mentorship. When considering people in your life that may be a good candidate for a mentor, think about the individuals who are at least 5-10 steps ahead of you in terms of their careers or professional growth. Another way to identify possible mentors is to seek out those who have the position you wish to grow into in the future.
  • There are several places you can begin searching for mentors. Some examples include family connections, professional associations, your workplace, nonprofit organizations, local businesspeople and volunteer groups.

    When searching for a mentor, look for inspirational and successful people in your life. Before someone will mentor you, they will likely need to see your potential in the industry, as well as your willingness to work hard and succeed.

    How to ask someone to be your mentor

    Before you ask someone to be your mentor, you want to be sure you’re asking the right person. If you feel confident that the individual you’re planning to ask would have a vested interest in your success, as well as have the time to invest in your growth, the next step is asking them to invest in a mentor-mentee relationship with you. Be mindful that being a mentor is a considerable responsibility.

    1. Schedule a meeting. If possible, try to meet with your potential mentor in person rather than asking over email.

    Explain why you are seeking mentorship. The more clearly your potential mentor understands your needs and expectations, the better. By explaining what you hope to gain from mentorship and offer as a mentee, they can properly assess whether the relationship would be a good fit for them.

  • Explain why you selected them and how much you value their expertise. When you can make a clear case for what you want from a mentor relationship and why you are asking this individual to become your mentor, you are more likely to receive a positive response.
  • If your potential mentor seems uncomfortable or skeptical, it’s best to step back and keep looking. Even if they want to, they might also simply not have the time or capacity to offer you effective mentorship at that time. A good mentor must be invested and excited for it to be mutually beneficial.

    Business mentors

    When you’re looking for a business mentor, it’s important to look for an individual who exhibits a few key attributes. They should be successful in the field and possess the skills needed to advance in their careers. However, success is not the only indicator of a good mentor. In fact, a mentor should have the attributes of a good trainer or teacher. A mentor should also be willing to share their expertise, skills and knowledge with you.

    If you feel like you’re struggling to form a personal relationship with a potential mentor, you may want to look for someone else with whom you can establish a connection. A good mentor should be invested in your success and take the responsibility seriously.

    It’s also important for a mentor to value growth and ongoing learning. When working with mentors, you should feel comfortable receiving constructive feedback and criticism, and they should feel comfortable giving it. Growth happens when you can identify your strengths and weaknesses, using them to learn and be successful to achieve your career goals.

    After you form a relationship with your mentor, you should maintain it through regular contact. You might decide to set up weekly one-on-one meetings, for example. Be clear about your expectations of the relationship, ask questions, request guidance and learn from your mentor as much as possible.

    When mentors offer constructive guidance and criticism, it’s important to accept and implement the guidance into your professional life. Having a mentor is a great help as you navigate your career path to achieve success.

    How to find a suitable professional mentor

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    Today I heard from a lovely new connection on LinkedIn , who responded to a recent post I shared about Why Your Job Search Has Stalled Out. He asked a question I hear frequently from professionals who know that mentorship is important to their careers, but don’t know how to achieve it.

    “In my pursuit of THE job (not just any job), I have so far addressed all your recommendations but mentorship. This is the stage where I have stalled out. I have found many professionals that have shared my dreams and are now big successes in the industry, but find myself hesitant in approaching them and asking for help. These hesitations may be due to me not wanting to come across as needy, but I think they mostly stem from lacking the trigger words that would inspire acceptance of such a request. I really need help in this area and humbly ask for your help in the follow-through of this job hunting step.”

    I’d love to tackle this question, because so many people I speak to are struggling in their approach to finding mentors, and are ending up disappointed, angry or confused.

    Below are the top 4 tips I can share about finding fabulous mentors, and making the most of the help you receive:

    First, it’s critical to know that, to find great mentors, you don’t want to reach out to strangers. That’s not how you’ll find them.

    Sheryl Sandberg, in her book Lean In, likens asking strangers to be mentors to the behavior of the main character in the favorite children’s book Are You My Mother? The book is about a baby bird that emerges from its shell in an empty nest, and goes in search of its mother. The little bird asks everything it sees (a kitten, hen, dog, cow, steam shovel), “Are you my mother?” The answer is always the same. “No!” This is just like a professional asking a stranger, “Will you be my mentor?”

    “If someone has to ask the question, the answer is probably no. When someone finds the right mentor, it is obvious. The question becomes a statement. Chasing or forcing that connection rarely works.”

    Instead, find great mentors through the inspiring people you’re already interacting and working with now. They need to be people to whom you have already demonstrated your potential – who know how you think, act, communicate and contribute. And they have to like, trust and believe in you already (why else would they help you?). They also need to believe with absolutely certainty that you’ll put to great use all their input and feedback.

    Strangers (especially people in the media and the public eye who’ve become “huge” successes, as the individual above mentions) will virtually always have to say “no” to mentoring requests from strangers. Why? Because their time is already spoken for, and they’re drowning in similar requests. Secondly, they don’t have a relationship with you, and therefore can’t know how you operate or if it’s a great investment of their time to help you.

    Find your mentors among the people you know who are 10 steps ahead of you in your field, role, or industry, doing what you want to, in the way you want to. Connect with new people who you can help, and who will find it a mutually-rewarding and beneficial experience to support you. If you don’t know of any inspiring people that fit this bill, you need to go out and find them. Here are some great tips from Kerry Hannon about finding a mentor, and from Judy Robinett about networking that generates amazing results.

    2. What can you do to get on the radar of strangers whom you admire?

    Don’t ask for mentorship, but follow their work, and be helpful and supportive. Give, and give more. Tweet out their posts, comment in a positive way on their blogs, share their updates, start a discussion on LinkedIn drawing on their post, refer new clients or business to them, and the list goes on. In short, offer your unique voice, perspectives, experiences and resources to further the action and conversation that these influencers have sparked. Understand that you are able to be of service to them, and go out and do it.

    3. Be someone who is enjoyable to mentor.

    The third piece of attracting empowering mentoring is in how you operate in your career and your life. Are you somebody you yourself would like to mentor? Are you open, flexible, resilient, respectful? Are you eager to learn, and committed to modifying how you’re interacting in the world so you can have even more success, reward and happiness?

    – Be great at what you do – while this sounds obvious, it is the most important thing you can do to get noticed.

    – Ask for more responsibility – be sure to have specific ideas for how you can contribute in deeper, more expansive ways. Be creative/think outside the box.

    – Don’t be a wallflower – participate in all meetings even “optional” ones. Volunteer to represent your team on important department or enterprise-level initiatives. Prepare ahead of time so that you can meaningfully advance the discussion.

    – Promote the success of others – your generosity and openness are critical to your success, and will be remembered.

    – Build your support network – reach out to groups within your company and outside your line of business. Learn what they do and how you can help them succeed.

    4. Put yourself in a potential mentor’s shoes.

    Finally, whenever you’re in a quandary about how to get help from someone, put yourself in their shoes. If the tables were turned, what would you want to see from this individual asking for help? If you were inundated with requests for help every day, what type of person would YOU choose to assist, and why? Go out and become that person that others would love to support and nurture.

    Here’s the bottom line: The answers to all your networking and career-building questions aren’t as far away as they seem. They’re right inside of you. Just understand that you have much more to offer than you realize. Imagine yourself in the shoes of those you deeply respect and admire, who’ve had fabulous success in the same ways you want it. Then imagine your “future self” already achieving this tremendous success. Ask your future self what to do. And always conduct yourself — in life and in work — as one who is doing all that’s necessary to attract (and offer) fabulous, high-level help and support.

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    How to find a suitable professional mentor

    You’re a startup founder: game face on, proud and pushing strong and hard. So why would you need a mentor?

    Being a founder/CEO can be a very lonely experience, and no one can do everything on their own. Finding a good support network can be crucial when sailing in rough times or facing dilemmas. Mentors can help you maintain focus and brainstorm alternative solutions to business problems.

    A good mentor can also be helpful by filling some knowledge gaps and broadening your network. So, can you choose and find a good mentor?

    Honesty

    Look to trustful and direct individuals for advice. Look for a strong personality that won’t sugarcoat things, and who will have the guts to tell you the truth; for instance, ‘just quit that idea and move elsewhere’. Don’t look for a ‘yes-man’ sort of mentor – go for someone who challenges you and with whom you feel confident about building a close relationship.

    Experienced CEO/founder

    A good lead is to search for someone with startup experience. If you choose a manager with corporate experience, he might foster some interesting discussions, they’ll probably be focused on management challenges. A mentor with startup know-how can better relate to the multiple challenges of building a new organisation, full of uncertainties and some chaos.

    Use your network and professional groups

    By expanding your network, attending events or linking to professional associations, you’ll meet and face experts and businessmen that you can look up to and establish a connection.

    Use your alumni network from university or past companies, and forget about pinging those inspirational professors. By having a common link, it will be easier to reach out and understand if there’s a fit. Universities that either run incubators or have entrepreneurship centre or classes often run mentorship programmes as well.

    Go big

    Why not take a shot at your dream mentor? If there’s someone in your field that you admire and look up for inspiration, why not give it a try? If you’re afraid that the person wouldn’t be interested, don’t worry, as much of the time you’ll get an answer and it may lead into some kind of relationship.

    Reaching out to your ‘hero’ may feel intimidating, but asking for advice is one of the most engaging ways to get someone’s attention and interest.

    Incubators and acceleration programmes

    Business incubators and accelerations programmes offer great pools of advisors that you can reach out to and learn from. Join an incubation program that you find suitable for your business, so you can contact with experienced managers that will help you guide and grow your company.

    During incubation and acceleration processes you’ll have to work with several people from different backgrounds, so that the time to understand what resources and learning they can offer you.

    Online tools

    Business platforms as LinkedIn or dedicated sites like Micromentor can offer great opportunities to get in touch with people from your industry, or that can help you tackle specific problems that your’re facing.

    Online contacts always pose some challenging issues, but offer a wider range of possibilities: when you’re expanding your business abroad, look for someone that understands your industry or your startup’s lifecycle stage and that take advantage of international experience and cultural differences.

    As with finding a co-founder, when choosing a mentor don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach:

    First think carefully about your expectations, and the outcomes that you want to get from a mentor/mentee relationship: look at where your company is, where you want it to go and where along your path advice could be most valuable. Establishing this will help you build a roadmap to agree on with you mentor: how often you’ll meet (weekly, monthly, for how long…); how regularly you’ll update them and communicate with them by email; any burning topics you want you quickly address, etc.

    As with any relationship, it’s a two-way street. So don’t expect just to receive, and be willing and prepared to give back. Be a good mentee by being prepared, doing your homework and expressing genuine interest in what your mentor has to say.

    A mentor is your advisor; not your life coach. By seeking advice from someone that has travelled the road, expect to learn but also to build a strong tie. The mentor will not provide you with all the answers and will not replace you as the decision-maker, so be prepared to listen, ask questions and reach your own conclusions.

    How to find a suitable professional mentor

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    Do you want to move your career forward? Would you like to develop your leadership skills as well as help others learn, grow, and improve their skills? Or would you like to find someone who can help you do these things? You can. Through a mentoring partnership.

    More professionals these days are actively pursuing mentoring to advance their careers. And whether you’re on the giving or receiving end, these types of partnerships can benefit your career.

    A mentoring partnership can be rewarding to both people, personally and professionally. It’s an opportunity to develop communication skills, expand your viewpoints, and consider new ways of approaching situations. And both partners can advance their careers in the process.

    In this article, we’ll look at what mentoring is, and discuss the reasons why you might enter into a mentoring partnership. Should you offer to help others, or ask for help from someone – or both? We’ll also explain how mentoring differs from other types of professional career development relationships.

    What Is Mentoring?

    Mentoring is a relationship between two people with the goal of professional and personal development. The “mentor” is usually an experienced individual who shares knowledge, experience, and advice with a less experienced person, or “mentee.”

    Mentors become trusted advisers and role models – people who have “been there” and “done that.” They support and encourage their mentees by offering suggestions and knowledge, both general and specific. The goal is to help mentees improve their skills and, hopefully, advance their careers.

    A mentoring partnership may be between two people within the same company, same industry, or same networking organization. However the partners come together, the relationship should be based on mutual trust and respect, and it typically offers personal and professional advantages for both parties.

    Mentoring and Other Professional Relationships

    Coaches, trainers, and consultants can all help you learn and grow professionally. Mentoring is a unique combination of all of these. Let’s explore some of the similarities and differences between mentoring and these other professions.

    Coaches help you to explore where you are in your career, where you want to go, and how you might get there. A coach will also support you in taking action to move toward your goal.

    Coaches and mentors differ in three main ways. First, a coach is generally paid, whereas your mentor will usually be making a voluntary commitment. This means that you can start working with a coach straight away, and that you can rely on them not to cancel sessions because “Something urgent’s come up”. Finding a mentor can take longer, and even when you do, your mentor may find it harder to keep space in their day for your mentoring appointment.

    Second, while coaches tend to guide you in mapping out your future, mentors actually suggest several paths you might take, although the choice of where to go next remains yours.

    Beyond that, of course, good coaches are professionally trained and qualified, so you can rely on getting a high-quality service from them. They also bring their experience of helping other people with career and life issues similar to those that you’re facing.

    Trainers help you learn and develop specific skills and knowledge. They typically set the topic, the pace, the goals, and the learning method. While you will obviously choose courses that match your requirements as closely as possible, training courses, by their nature, start with their own agendas rather than with your situation.

    Mentoring, however, can be tailored to your needs. While training is often best suited for gaining knowledge and skills, mentoring can also help you develop personal qualities and competencies.

  • Career Consultants or Career Counsellors mostly work with people in transition between jobs, rather than helping you develop your skills when in a particular role. And, again, your relationship will often be a commercial one.
  • Benefits to the Mentor

    Becoming a mentor can enrich your life on a personal and professional level by helping you do the following:

    • Build your leadership skills – It helps you develop your ability to motivate and encourage others. This can help you become a better manager, employee, and team member.
    • Improve your communication skills – Because your mentee may come from a different background or environment, the two of you may not “speak the same language.” This may force you to find a way to communicate more effectively as you navigate your way through the mentoring relationship.
    • Learn new perspectives – By working with someone less experienced and from a different background, you can gain a fresh perspective on things and learn a new way of thinking – which can help in your work life as well as your personal life.
    • Advance your career – Refining your leadership skills can strengthen your on-the-job performance, perhaps helping you get that promotion to higher management – or into management in the first place. Showing that you’ve helped others learn and grow is becoming more and more essential to advancement in today’s business world.
    • Gain personal satisfaction – It can be very personally fulfilling to know that you’ve directly contributed to someone’s growth and development. Seeing your mentee succeed as result of your input is a reward in itself.

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    How Do I Find A Mentor ?

    In this blogpost, we continue with the series on Mentors and Mentorship.

    Mentors are those whose experience and wisdom you can gain from. They are said to have a positive impact on an employee’s career progression, job satisfaction, motivation levels and his/her commitment to a company. They spur you on when the chips are down and see the potential in you that you yourself do not see.
    Now, the obvious question arises: How do you find a suitable mentor? They say “A truly great mentor is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget.”

    Let us look at some of the ways in which you can find suitable mentors:

    1. Mentorship programmes – Corporate mentorship programmes are run by various companies to boost employee retention and increase employee engagement. Such programmes are a great place to gain from the wisdom of seasoned professionals. Finding a mentor in your own company will make it easier for you to meet your mentor at regular intervals. Ensure that this mentor is someone who not only shares your values but is also willing to share his knowledge and experience with you. As people move higher up the ladder in a company, mentorship programmes are considered to be the most effective talent development initiatives that help in moulding careers.

    2. Networking Events – Networking events are the places where you could find someone in your field whom you have always looked upto. You need to be extremely proactive in order to find a mentor at a networking event. Finding a mentor and convincing them to be able to find time to mentor you, can be quite challenging. Mentors will need to see a tremendous drive in you to be convinced to lend you their time.

    3. Linkedin and Twitter – While searching for a mentor on professional networking websites like Linkedin, you have to be very clear about what you are looking for in a mentor. Try to learn as much as possible about the person before approaching him for mentorship. Send out a brief note about your interests and accomplishments to the potential mentor and list out the reasons why you think he would be able to help you in your career path.

    How to find a suitable professional mentor

    4. Mentors from different fields – People like Richard Branson, English business magnate, investor and philanthropist have admitted to having a network of mentors for different fields. It is better to find mentors who are specialists in their fields – in order to learn and gain more from their experiences. Mentees should also, in turn, show their eagerness to learn from mentors and ensure that they show their gratitude for the mentors’ time and guidance.

    Thus, you can see that there are many places where you can find the right mentor for yourself. Finding mentors can help one to reach great heights in one’s professional career – however, remember this quote by American singer, songwriter and actress, Diana Ross – ““You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself.”

    How to find a suitable professional mentor

    If you are new in business, we highly suggest you find a mentor. There are many advantages for you. A mentor can advise you on how to grow your business. You can plan out with your mentor. If you have ideas, discuss it with your mentor. It can save you time and money. Your mentor can help assess if your ideas are feasible or not.

    These are only some advantages of getting a Bruce Frame business mentor. The next question is where do you find a mentor?

    How to find a suitable professional mentor

    Check your Network

    Networking is one way to find a mentor. Remember back from your previous jobs. Remember people you admired and looked up to. They may be your bosses. If you are starting a new business, maybe your previous manager can help you. Most especially if you have had a very good relationship with him in the past. It will be better if the industry or your business is the same. He/she can help you.

    Check your network of friends. How about relatives and other acquaintances? Is there anybody you think is in the same line of business as yours? Before finding externally, look into your own network to find suitable mentors.

    As a start-up, you can also look into business partners (not your customers). Check if there are any that you can ask to be your mentor. Or you can ask your partners if they know somebody who can be a good mentor.

    Meet People and Network on Your Own

    If you cannot find one from your network, find one externally! How? Attend events. These can be business seminars, conferences, or trade fairs. For sure, there are many external events specific to your industry. The good thing about it is that you can find a mentor that is of the same field as yours.

    Of course, you cannot blindly approach anyone and ask him to be a mentor during the event. But it is a good start to reach out. Exchange cards. Talk to people. Those you feel that can be potential mentors, try to talk to them further outside and after the event. Who knows, if you are already comfortable enough, you can ask him to be your mentor later on. That is of course on the assumption that you have already built a ‘relationship’ somehow. Meaning, at some level, there is already trust and you are a bit more than plain acquaintances.

    There are also meet up groups, like Meetup.com. It’s a site with networking and small business groups. Other than that, there are many on social media groups that you can also join in. Check Facebook Groups to see potential matches.

    Other than these, there are relevant online sites. An example is LinkedIn. You can directly ask someone you think is a good match for you.

    Other mentoring sites are Micromentor and SCORE Mentors. Micromentor is a site connecting mentors and mentees. This is free to use. Just create a profile, make a mentor request. Then you can already contact mentors. SCORE mentors also connect entrepreneurs with business mentors. You can email the mentors or see them in person.

    Mentorship Programs in Universities

    Remember when you were in college when you had a thesis adviser? Don’t overlook this option. Even as an entrepreneur or a graduate already, you can go back to school. You can reconnect with an old professor of yours. You can also check out universities. Others offer a mentorship program with a professor. There are short courses on entrepreneurship. Many of those programs can have professors who can mentor you.

    Join Professional Associations

    It’s best to find a mentor that is not a competitor in your field or industry. But the mentor should have already achieved a certain stature on his own. Find someone who is already successful in his field. There are many professional groups you can check out. See LinkedIn to find prospects. Their profile should be very helpful already to you in determining their level of success. Linkedin also has groups you can join.

    Tips on How to Start a Relationship with your Mentor

    Now that you have identified possible mentors. It’s time to start the process. It’s easy to ask a person directly to be your mentor if he/she is a long-time friend or a relative. If he was your previous professor, it will also be easier to reconnect.

    But what if the person you want to be a mentor is somebody you met at an event? Or he is someone you saw online that you think is a good match for you?

    For these people, don’t start and initially ask anybody if they can be your mentor. Unless you are in a mentoring platform, it may be scary for a possible mentor to accept a mentorship role. The person may feel a big responsibility to guide you. Or he or she may not be fully ready.

    We suggest you build a relationship first. Get to know the person first. If this is online, talk to the person via chat. Or you can talk to him and meet him later on. Put yourselves in their shoes. You cannot easily trust anyone you don’t know. Then when you get to know the person, be genuine. Be humble. Make yourself a good mentee. Be very willing to hear out and take advice. Give something back to your mentor also. Throughout the journey, mentoring is a two-way street. You have to make it work by doing your share.

    How to find a suitable professional mentor

    How to find a suitable professional mentor

    How to find a suitable professional mentor

    One of the first steps to get started on research/creative work is to find a mentor to guide you. Careful thought and planning should go into the process of determining possible mentors, presenting yourself and your research/creative work to prospective mentors, and then formally requesting mentorship.

    While your mentor can be someone you find suitable, please note that UROP requires Project and Presentation funding applicants to have a faculty mentor who meets at least one of the following criteria:

    1. Tenured/tenure-track faculty at the UHM (including the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center)
    2. Regular or Cooperating Graduate Faculty (at any level) at UHM classified by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Graduate Division.
    3. Have submitted and granted a Faculty Mentor Eligibility Petition

    The above information may not be universally available, and we recommend you ask directly to your potential mentors or your department of interest.

    If you already have an active UHM faculty member in mind to mentor your research/creative work, please be sure to ask if they fit our criteria and exercise proper academic and professional etiquette in your communications.

    Don’t know where to start? Take a look at the tips below.

    Select potential mentors

    Schedule an exploratory meeting

    Present yourself and your project idea at a sit-down meeting

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    Questions to Ask a Mentor

    • What’s the best advice you can give to help plan a career rather than simply work to keep a job?
    • How do you encourage innovative ideas?
    • How would you describe your personal style?
    • Do you have a mentor? How have they influenced you?
    • What do you do to constantly challenge your underlying beliefs and assumptions?
    • Would you do anything differently if given the opportunity?
    • How and where do you find inspiration?
    • How do you keep your feelings separate from your decision-making?
    • What values are you committed to?
    • How do you balance your work and home life?
    • Do you have any books that you would suggest I read?

    Tips for a Successful Mentoring Session

    • Prepare and ask relevant questions.
    • Be respectful of your mentor’s time and experience.
    • Ask if you can follow up and exchange contact information.
    • Afterwards, ask yourself what you learned from the meeting and how you can apply your new knowledge.
    • Thank your mentor for their advice with an email or personalized note.

    Other Articles on Mentoring

    • 3 Reasons Why You Should Attend Our Annual Mentoring Reception
    • Six Career Tips from a CWB Mentor

    Looking for a mentor or mentoring opportunity? Check out CWB’s events page for upcoming events in your area.