Finding a mentor at work and making the relationship valuable for both of you is a challenge well worth the effort. Whether it is someone right in your own company or someone outside who shares a similar career, give the mentoring relationship a try and you won’t regret it.
You can try few of the below steps to find a Career Mentor for yourself
Formal or Otherwise
Talk to your HR department and see if the company has formal mentoring available within your organization. If so, put your name on the list. If not, one good way to find a mentor is through professional organizations within your line of work.
If you are unable to match yourself up with an experienced, successful person who can help you get ahead, try the small business associations and local chambers of commerce. These groups often have business events that can get you in touch with PR, HR and marketing people who may have contacts that can help you find an mentor in your field.
Business after hours meetings, seminars and symposiums are perfect venues for finding a mentor in your area.
Set Ground Rules
Once you do find a mentor, be certain that both of you understand the limits in terms of time, contact and extent of personal involvement. However you structure your relationship, make an agreement that both parties can deliver on.
Being part of a mentoring team will require a regular meeting schedule with your new partner. This often means setting aside an hour or so each week to either meet with or talk with her. Avoid interrupting her work time unless you really feel it is necessary.
Find some common interests outside the office with your mentor. Perhaps you both enjoy hiking or needlepoint. You can decide if you want to extend your relationship outside of the business world.
Take an Interest
Your mentor is likely in a position that is at a higher level than you. Talk to him about his work challenges as someday, they may be similar to yours. You can learn much by example in a mentoring relationship.
Your mentor will be giving you positive feedback and constructive criticism to help you. Return the favor and offer your support and encouragement when possible. Your relationship works both ways and in some cases, may become a lifetime friendship. Give it a try and see for yourself.