Published on November 28th, 2022 | by David Jackson


3 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of A Mentorship

If you’re seeking out someone to mentor you, be it for your proposed career field or just as someone to learn from for future life experience, there are wise and less wise ways to go about finding your mentor and getting the most out of your time spent with them. Luckily, with a little forethought and planning, you can have a mentorship experience that will serve you very well.

To help you see how this can be done, here are three tips for getting the most out of a mentorship. 

Talk With Them About Your Goals

In order to know if a mentorship experience has been worth it to you or not, you first have to know what your goals are for this time. Unless you know this, you can’t effectively work toward any specific outcomes. 

Once you know what your personal goals are for your mentorship, you should meet with your mentor and discuss your goals with them. By doing this, you will not only be showing your mentor that you’re taking this experience and relationship seriously, but you can also help your mentor to find ways that they can help you to achieve your goals. For example, if your goal is to learn from them about doing email campaigns for sales purposes, your mentor can now have a focus for what information they share with you and how.  

Follow Up Questions With “Why?”

In many careers, a lot of your training will be done on-the-job. But with a mentorship under your belt, you can gain a lot of this experience before even landing the job, which can make you a very appealing candidate for an open position. However, you can only really get this experience if you’re willing to work for it.

Something you can do to help ensure that you’re getting the experience and education that you want from your mentor is by asking them a lot of questions. Keep in mind that when asking questions, you should always follow up to their answers by asking for the reasoning behind those answers. Once you know the “why” of your mentor’s responses or actions, you can better implement that same thinking when you’re out in the workforce. 

Be Grateful And Gracious

If you are able to find a mentor who’s still actively working in their field, you need to realize that the time they’re devoting to mentoring you is likely cutting into their free time and causing an interruption in their previous workflow. And while some mentors enjoy being able to give back to future generations in this way, you should always make sure that you express gratitude for their willingness to mentor you and that you’re gracious with every moment you’re able to spend learning at their feet. This can help your mentor not only be valuable to you now but also as a future contact in your growing network. 

If you’re working with someone who’s open to mentoring you, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get the most out of this time spent together.

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