How to find the right mentor for you

January is National Mentorship Month, which focuses attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for people and professionals. The right mentoring relationship can be a powerful tool for professional growth — it can lead to a new job, a promotion, or even a better work-life balance. However, finding a mentor can be intimidating and it’s tough to know who is the right mentor for your career goals. Here are some things to consider. 

Finding a mentor

Outline your career goals both in the short term and the long term. The more specific you are with your goals, the easier it will be to find the right mentor. A useful way to find who would be a helpful mentor is finding someone whose job would you like to have in the next five, 10, or 15 years. Look for mentors both inside and outside of your workplace. 

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