How to Find a Mentor for Your Career

Adriana Girdler

Where to start when it comes to finding a mentor for your career! Working with a mentor could be just what you need in order …

Where to start when it comes to finding a mentor for your career!

Working with a mentor could be just what you need in order to change your career or help you with your professional growth!

But how do you find a mentor?

There are a few places you can start that you should think about as you begin your mentor search.

Mentor or Role Model?

Before you start your search for a mentor, it’s important to understand the difference between a mentor and a role model.

A role model is someone that you look to who you don’t have connections with and you’re inspired by them. It could be a public figure online or a famous person that you want to emulate.

A mentor is someone that you have connections with, like having a coach. With a mentor, you can share your concepts, ideas, and struggles, and they’ll provide you with feedback and guidance. A mentor is someone who has more experience than you so that you can use their wisdom in order to help you grow in your professional career.

Developed Relationships

In order to find your mentor, look to the developed relationships you already have. You may know people who would be great mentors! But you might not have thought about them in that context.

If you know others who already have…

  • A wealth of experience
  • Climbed the corporate ladder before you
  • Management experience
  • Been on the same track that you are now on

… then that might be a good mentor! This is the easiest place to start because it means that there is already someone in your circle who is a great mentor and you don’t need to reach outside of your circle to someone new.

More Places to Find Mentors 

If you don’t have anyone in your network already who can mentor you, then it may be time to start searching and reaching out to new people. But how do you do that?

I’ve created a video to walk you through a few of the ways you can start searching beyond your current network for a mentor. Head on over to YouTube with me to check it out!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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