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Finding the Right Mentor

Finding the Right Mentor

  • Know your goals (both short and long term). It will make it easier to find the right mentor. 
  • Who do you look up to? Keep a running list of the jobs and people you are visualizing.
  • Do the research. Take notes on the path that person took to get to where they are today.
  • Be cognizant of your existing network. The more aware someone already is of your work and abilities, the more effective they will be at mentoring you.
  • Recognize the difference between a mentor and a sponsor. For example, mentors give advice but can't give you a new job, raise, or promotion.


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Making the Ask

  • Have an elevator pitch ready. Be clear of your goals and why you think this person is the right mentor for you. Be upfront about your time commitment, what you're willing to put into the relationship and what you expect from them.
  • If it's a cold email, it's okay to start with the informational interview ask. But again, be specific about what you like about the person's work and why you want to meet.
  • When you feel someone is the right fit, do your best to make the ask with more than just a phone call or email. 


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Tips on Being a Good Mentee

  • Goals still matter. If you mention your specific, achievable goals from the beginning of the relationship, your mentor can help you stay on track at each meeting.
  • Meet consistently. Figure out how often, how long, how you want to meet and make it consistent.
  • Set an agenda
  • Be open to feedback: positive or constructive.
  • Decide on an end date. A good rule of thumb is usually four to six months, with the option to keep meeting informally.
  • Make sure not to monopolize the session with personal issues or make it only about venting.


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