People who are looking for a new job, or at least new advice on their current job, are often told that getting a mentor could be a great step forward. But what about the other side of it? Who should be a mentor, and why?
When you’re in college, or just a young person generally, it sometimes seems like getting a mentor is unnecessary. There are so many people who naturally can help steer your path: parents, professors, school counselors. So recognizing the value of mentorship is buried in the benefits you reap through a community of informal advisers.
But once you are out pursuing a career, you may slowly realize that your parents don’t have experience directly relevant to your profession, and your university umbrella of support begins to fade into the past.