How to Find Your Perfect Mentor

How can having a mentor benefit your career in tech? Mentors provide advice, guidance, and support. They offer the opportunity to learn from others experience and can even help with career planning. A mentor is a great resource to advancing your career, that really shouldn’t be ignored.

One of the great things about the industry, is the willingness of others to give their time and knowledge to help develop the careers of people in tech.

Whether you are looking for a mentor to help develop your skills in a specific niche, seek career advice, or just want someone to bounce ideas off in a more informal setting, we’ve listed our top three tips to help you find your mentor below!

Consider Your Network

When starting your search for a mentor, one of the first things to do is consider who you know in your network that could help. This could be someone you approach about being mentored by them or even someone who could help you identify a mentor.

It’s important when finding a mentor to know your goals. What do you want to achieve from this mentorship? Depending on what your goals are for the mentorship, you might want to consider someone with a different perspective to yourself; people who work in a different department / company / role. Don’t forget, it’s sometimes more effective to have more than just one mentor!

Once you identify someone from your network as a potential mentor, how can you engage them? Why not start by talking about why you want them to mentor you, what inspires you about their career path, what work have they done that you are passionate about? And then go on from there to mention a bit about yourself and what you’d like to achieve from your career in tech and how they can help you.

Mentorship Initiatives

If you are struggling to find a mentor within your immediate network, there are a number of initiatives within the industry that you could try.

One example of a mentoring initiative is tupu. Started by female founder and tech enthusiast Monica Sarbu, tupu is a non-profit organisation that aims to provide mentoring opportunities for women, people of colour and other underrepresented groups in the tech industry.

Ask Your Organisation

We’ve listed above just two examples of mentoring schemes within the industry, and you can bet there are plenty more! However, if you can’t find what you’re looking for why not try your own organisation.

Many organisations offer internal mentoring programs as a way to help you progress your career in the company. Reach out to people and see what is available. Getting support and advice from someone that works in the same company as you, can be a great benefit as they understand the internal processes and procedures in place within the company and can advise on how to proceed.

If nothing is available currently within your company, why not ask to set something up?

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