#015 How To Find And Manage Your Mentor Relationship | The Career Reset

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Everything is easier when you have help from someone else.  Especially if that someone knows what they’re doing.  I don’t know about you, but I’m always asking for help with things I don’t know how to do.

My favourite place to start is Google.  Or as I call it, Uncle Google; the go-to-Uncle who knows how to fix everything.  

I’m also the Queen of watching How-to-Videos on YouTube

Just last week, I learned how to use my flat iron on my bangs without them looking weird. If you’ve ever tried it, you know what I’m talking about. (P.S. the answer is unplug the iron and then let it cool for a minute or two first).

I also learned how to attach the new bike rack to the back of the car.  Although truth be told, I ultimately delegated that one to my husband.

So what about your career?

Careers are definitely more complicated than using a flat iron or putting a bike rack on the car.  Yet a lot of people try and go it alone, with the only support coming from a spouse, or a group of work peers that may or may not offer the best advice.

I recommend getting a Mentor. 

And I know that sounds like a great idea.  But what do you really use a mentor for? Where do you find a mentor? And how do you manage a mentor relationship?

Excellent questions.  This week’s episode of The Career Reset Podcast is dedicated to helping you find and manage your mentor relationships.

You can define a mentor relationship as loosely as anyone who offers sage advice, guidance or inspiration on a specific topic.

Now there are a lot of different kinds of mentor relationships out there, but I’d say they all fall into two major categories; informal and formal.  

In terms of informal relationships, they can be things like YouTube, Podcasts, Books, etc, where you’re getting a one-way type of mentorship. For me personally, there are many people I follow on social media or podcasts I listen to, that I consider mentor-type tools because they teach me a lot about what I do, and how I do it.

Informal mentor relationships can also be a specific go-to person that can help you in a pinch.  Or even people you learn from who don’t even know they are your mentor. For me, that included some of my peers, influencers where I worked, and even some people who reported to me.

But in this podcast episode, we’re going to dig deep into the formal mentor relationship and answer some key questions so you can get the best return on your hustle.

  1. When to use a mentor relationship?
  2. How do you find the best mentor for you?
  3. How do you sustain and support the mentor relationship?

And as part of the toolbox in this episode, I’ve got a brand new tool called; How to be a Marvellous Mentee. I know. It’s a cheese-ball name. But the information is invaluable if you want to make the most of your mentor relationship.  

I’ve been a very lucky lady because I’ve had some really kick-a** mentors in my career.  Some formal, some informal. And I also feel proud of myself because I wasn’t afraid to ask for AND be open to the help.  

I remember a saying one of my mentors always drilled into me.  She used to say (and still says) ‘not my pig, not my farm’. Which means stay in my lane and stop thinking I can fix everyone’s problems.  Unless someone asks for help, stay focused on your own work. Not Your Pig, Not Your Farm.

Share some great advice you received from your mentors in the comments.

I look forward to chatting with you next week.

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