5 THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR BEFORE CHOOSING A MENTOR
One thing you shouldn't do is jump into choosing a Mentor without first observing for a while and making sure certain things are in place.
I've picked out five things for you to consider before choosing a Mentor.
1. Level of Knowledge and Expertise
Does the person have the skills you're looking to learn? Is he good at what he does? Has he demonstrated expertise in any way? Or are you just assuming? These questions should be answered positively in order to get a Mentor you can learn from. An ideal mentor should have more knowledge in the field than you.
2. Ability and Willingness to teach
It's one thing for someone to be knowledgeable and another thing to be willing and able to share that knowledge.
Not everyone knows how to teach or is willing to and that's not a bad thing. It's just a sign that you may need to find another mentor because the aim is to learn.
3. Values and Principles
It's best to have a mentor whose values and principles align with yours or whose values and principles you can put up with.
This will help strengthen your relationship and reduce the probability of misunderstandings and problems.
Now look at this person closely. Do you sense passion, love and satisfaction with his or her career? I can tell you from experience than an unpassionate, dissatisfied person is not who you're looking for even though the knowledge and expertise is in place.
You should also put yourself into consideration when choosing a mentor. You need to be comfortable with someone and naturally "gel" to learn much because most of the time, you'd be working closely.
Even if the person seems ideal and have all you're looking for, it's most important to check how comfortable you are with the person.
As good as getting a mentor is, not choosing the right mentor can become a huge setback for you.