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I believe everyone needs a mentor, but finding one can seem difficult. One thing to keep in mind as you look for a mentor is that finding a good mentor is all about building a relationship that is mutually beneficial. First, I will share a few statistics about mentoring, and then discuss the qualities of a good mentor/mentee relationship.

Here are some statistics:
76% of people think mentors are important; however, only 37% of people currently have one
More than 9 in 10 workers (91%) who have a mentor are satisfied with their jobs, including more than half (57%) who are very satisfied
Workers with a mentor are more likely than those without to say they’re well paid (79% vs. 69%) and to believe that their contributions are valued by their colleagues (89% vs. 75%) — two key components of overall happiness at work

These amazing statistics are basically saying that, in order to be the most satisfied with your job or career, one of the key things you need is to have a mentor. So, what should you look for in a mentor?

  1. The first thing to look for is to look at your own career and skill sets. Ask yourself questions, such as how do I add value to a mentor relationship? and Am I being beneficial to this person as they are beneficial to me?
  2. The next thing to do is to determine if the person you are considering to be a mentor has the skill sets that you desire to acquire. If they do have the skills, you will also need to find out if they are willing to share and whether or not they have the time to be a mentor.
  3. Finally, if they do have the skills, you will also need to find out if they are willing to share and whether or not they have the time to be a mentor.

Having mentorship is great, and if you have the opportunity to get mentorship you should definitely take advantage. Also, remember that mentors are not one size fits all, so you will have to figure out if that relationship is beneficial for you.