Just as you would expect, there is an old way and a new way of finding a mentor.
You may be able to remember (or not) that there was quite a process in locating a mentor. The old way may have gone something like this.
First, as you would do today, you evaluate yourself to determine what career path that you are interested in.
Next depending on your age, you search through the library for annual reports that provide more information about companies in that general field.
Then start searching through your contacts and those of your friends to identify people who may have some knowledge of that career field.
You start phoning those identified to determine if they know someone who could help in your career development in that area.
As you get the names of those individuals, start cold calling each to request some of their time either in a longer phone call or a physical meeting to determine if they may assist you as a mentor.
Finding someone who has the background and knowledge is one key objective. But getting someone who is willing and anxious to transfer their insight and guidance to help you could be challenging. You are fortunate if you have found a better mentor who gains joy and satisfaction from the mentoring process. The mentee's goals are to find potential mentors that do just that. Grab that opportunity.
Start the process by telling your mentor the specific goal you wish to accomplish. The best ways to be successful are to be honest with yourself and with your mentor.
NOW - THE NEW WAY
Go online and search for the career categories for which you have an interest.
search will yield numerous locations where you can find individuals who
are experienced in their career field and, most importantly, want to
transfer their knowledge and insight about that field to people like you
who want to learn and perhaps enter that field.
One such company
that makes mentors available is CareerRedo . The home page lists
numerous career categories. You can dig deeper to find mentors
that are available to offer their services via phone, Zoom, or any other
agreed to method. There is a way to view all of their mentors and the career fields for which they will gladly give their
The mentors do charge for their services. However, a
one-hour session with a mentor may give just the information you are
looking for to help you take the next step. Alternatively, You may
decide that it is a perfect fit and you book a full day or multiple
hourly sessions over a period of time.
You decide what are the
best practices for you as you address your personal goals and career
goals. You never know how things will evolve. You mentor or mentors may
even develop into role models for you.
This new way is more
efficient and a more effective way to determine if your desires can turn
into an achievable goal. You could try formal mentoring programs but
something personal like an online mentor can help you achieve your goals
Completing your objectives is the true measure to call it
a successful mentoring program.