Who do you choose?
Seniority and experience within your industry can be beneficial when choosing a mentor however this can also mean they have limited time and a bias towards your career path so an external person to your organisation can be mire beneficial. It is worth doing a personal development plan and thinking first what you want from a mentoring relationship and who would be the most beneficial for you. Use your contact database and linkedIn to find potential mentors, also ask friends and family members and look out for people at networking events and through professional associations.
Don’t jump in to a mentoring relationship!
It is a bit like dating! You want to test the waters first, go for a coffee/drink and see how you get on and whether this person is what you are looking for and you have the right dynamic
Once you’ve found someone you like to be your mentor establish some rough ground rules and have a discussion around expectations on both sides so that you are on the same page and not expecting too much of each other
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