Did you know that 71% of Fortune 500 companies utilize mentoring to ensure learning takes place in their organization? And of that 77% of Fortune 500 companies report that mentoring helps keep people and keeps them engaged in their work? Of those who don’t receive mentoring, 35% are looking for a job within 12 months. Mentoring is extremely important for employees and provides tremendous value for career development and can also lead to the success of a company. Some companies don’t have formal mentor programs so it’s important that you seek out a mentor on your own for your own professional career development.
Not sure how to go about finding a mentor? Before you start searching for someone, let’s talk about the different types of mentoring relationships that you can have.
- Formal: Is when there is a mentoring agreement established between both parties, and there are clear learning objectives and goals with expected outcomes.
- Informal: This relationship is typically voluntarily formed by both parties with no specific goals or outcomes. It’s more casual.
- Peer to peer: Typically someone who is at the same level as you in terms of experience and helps as a support and can share their experiences with you.
Now that we understand the different types of mentoring relationships, it’s time to find your mentor. Here are 6 easy steps that you can take to help you find a mentor that is right for you.
Brainstorm a list of possible mentors.
- People you respect that you feel you can learn something from
- Think inside your organization or outside your organization
- Write them down
- Review the list with your manager or someone you respect.
- Narrow the list down to 1 or 2 people.
- Setup “exploratory” meetings with those people.
- Select mentor; ask if they are willing to mentor you.
- Get started –hold your first meeting.
It shouldn’t be difficult when working with your mentor, you want someone who you can easily talk to so that when you meet it’s something that you very much look forward to. To learn more about the importance and value of mentorship you can review this recent article written on Forbes.com.
*Source: American Society of Training and Development (ASTD)
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