By Caroline Smith and the Mind Tools Team
Print

Finding a Mentor

Getting Support From the Right "Someone" Who's Been There Before

© iStockphoto
Olga_anylenko

Allow someone with experience to help guide you.

If you're trekking through the jungles of Borneo, would you go it alone, or would you prefer to use a guide: someone who has been there before, has learned which animals are dangerous, and knows how to get where you're going? Having a guide for your jungle adventure is much like having a mentor in your career.

A mentor is someone who's been where you are now, who's journeyed close to where you want to be, and who's made his or her own mistakes; Someone who is willing to impart the wisdom of experience, and so help you avoid the same pitfalls. With this type of advice and guidance you will be that much more likely to reach your career and/or personal goals.

If you have a good mentor, you can:...

Access the Full Article

This article is is only available in full within the Mind Tools Club.

Learn More and Join Today

Already a Club member? Log in to finish this article.