Finding a mentor

Starting a new career is very seldom an easy journey. There are countless challenges and hurdles to go through and over, but there are various things you can do to propel you to career success and carve a clearer career path. A good starting point is seeking mentorship. This gives you a unique opportunity to connect with someone who has gone before you on the path that you would like to follow.

What to look out for when choosing a mentor
Before embarking on your search for a mentor, consider the following guidelines:

1. Career path alignment
Set career goals or define the things you want to achieve in your career, and find someone who is good at the goals you want to achieve, or someone who has already achieved what you want to achieve. 

2. Time and commitment 
Mentorship is not a quick-fix; it goes beyond just career guidance. It requires commitment and accountability.  After analysing your mentorship needs with your mentor, you should decide how much time you are both willing to put in towards this. You must also be realistic about your expectations.

3. Know how much value you bring, define what you want to gain from the mentorship
Many people make the mistake of thinking that mentorship is only one-sided; however, that is not the case. The mentor-mentee relationship is a two-way street in that the mentee must take full responsibility to achieve the goals they have set up with their mentor. 

You might also want to read this article on why it is important to mentor others