As a businesswoman one of the many things you can do to advance in your field is learning as much as you can about it. One of the best ways of doing this is by having a mentor. Here you will find some tips on how to find a mentor.
Because women often encounter discrimination and prejudices based on female stereotypes it may be helpful to get a female mentor if possible, as they can help you deal with the unique challenges that women experience in the work place and corporate world. However if your industry is female dominated having a male mentor can offer a unique perspective and give you an edge over your colleagues.
There are many organisations whose sole purpose is to connect women with mentors in various fields. Have a look online and see whether there is one near to where you are situated. Before you approach a possible mentor ensure that you are willing to follow their lead and take their direction – it is essential that you can get along and work with your mentor as you will be spending a lot of time communicating together and need to be comfortable working together.
Don’t lose focus on why you are looking for a mentor. As a business woman you may have many fantastic ideas but your role to a mentor is not to impress and show them how great you are. Lastly, while it may be tempting to choose a friend as a mentor, it is not advised. The relationship needs to be one of mentor not a friendship, and it could be difficult for both you and your friend to maintain the friend/mentor roles simultaneously. Also, friends may not tell you certain things in order to protect your feelings whereas someone who you are not friends with will have no qualms about pointing out areas that you need to work on or your shortcomings. You will learn more from these than compliments and flattery that your friend may give.