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Everyone could do with guidance in life, especially at work. Finding a mentor whom you trust and admire is a great career boost. In addition, mentors are the perfect advocates for your abilities and can push you to explore new opportunities you otherwise would not have thought about.

Most people look for mentors who are managers or have more seniority. In essence, role models whose achievements, knowledge, and experience they admire and want to emulate. Someone with leadership experience is a great choice as they will have an idea of how to steer you towards achieving your goals. As such, trust, respect and mutual interest in your personal development is crucial for this mentor-mentee relationship to thrive. You don’t need to limit yourself to one mentor, each person has their strengths and having two or three mentors focused on different parts of your (professional) life is completely normal. 

A great mentor can open doors for your career, as well as unlock and maximise your potential, in both your personal and professional life. Other than bringing their years of experience to the table, their honest advice and feedback will propel you in your career. For this to flourish, open lines of communication and the intentions from both sides need to be clearly established at the beginning. 

While it may seem like you’re getting the better end of the deal, both mentors and mentees benefit from the relationship. So get out there today, look for inspiring individuals at work or in your network who will be a great mentor for what you want to achieve in your professional life.

Jason Reich
Co-Founder | TalentSpace

Jason is a co-founder of TalentSpace, where he keeps himself up at night thinking of new and innovative ways to make recruiting an enjoyable and fruitful experience for everyone. He's worked on the international expansion of US-startups, Casper and HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb), and was also on the Value Creation team of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's VC, Innovation Endeavors. He graduated from Bocconi University.