1. It is no secret that individuals as a whole work better with the support and motivation of others. Mentors are the ultimate supporter and assist in achieving your full potential and navigating your career path. Speaking with an individual that has been where you are and is able to relate to you and give you advice can greatly assist in achieving your goals. With that said mentors should be chosen carefully. A mentor as this article states should have compatibility, contrast, expertise, and trust. A strong mentor does not necessarily have to be an individual who is years older or in the same situation as you or in the same field. A mentor is a person just like every other person. This person however should have these traits previously mentioned and should empower you and push you forward even if that means being your toughest critic.

    A mentor is an individual that you will be working closely with and with that said this should be someone that you get along with. When going to get career advice you do not want to dread having to meet with someone. Forcing a relationship will not foster healthy communication and feeling comfortable is important. There is however a line and feeling too comfortable is not healthy as this is a professional relationship and there should be a line as to how comfortable is too comfortable. Contrast is healthy and will allow growth. A mentor does not want to produce another one of themselves. You are not them and although you may seek and appreciate their guidance, you are different people. Although a mentor may not have all the answers it is important that this individual has some sort of expertise in your respected field so they have the ability to assist you on your path. Trust is the final important feature and in my opinion paramount. If you do not trust the individual you are confiding in you may not paint the full picture and they will be unable to help you to the extent that they may be able too. Overall a mentor wants you to thrive and in order for them to assist you in that process you must foster a honest relationship.

  2. Mentorship is something that I have always thought of as a vital part of gaining the experience needed in order to complete work in a given field effectively. I have had mentors across a wide range of facets of my life; both on the personal and professional fronts. Upon arriving here at Seton Hall, I quickly gained the mentorship of a multitude of individuals, some faculty and some students. I attribute much of my success and quick acclimation to life at university to these individuals and, in retrospect, I am not sure how much I would have enjoyed the year or if I would have had half of the opportunities I was privileged too without these mentors. I agree with the article that having mentors with experiences and perspectives that contrast your own is vitally important to establishing a strong and valuable mentor/mentee dynamic. Each of the people whom I consider to be mentors to me are, in some way or another, quite different from me. I think that, as the article asserts, being surrounded by a diversity of experience and thought has allowed me to see the world differently, and I truly have a sense of how far I have come since moving on campus in the fall. As I mentioned earlier, mentorship is not exclusively limited to the academic or professional realms, however. To me, a mentor can simply be someone who is there for you to help you through the little curveballs that life tends to throw at you from time to time. They are the people who will go out of their way to give you a helping hand without any benefit to themselves. They do it simply out of care; not out of obligation. I find now that these mentorship relationships often develop into friendships that transcend the field in which you are being mentored. I know now that some of my closest friendships that I have on campus originated from people who were mentors to me in some capacity or another. It just goes how valuable mentorships can be for both mentees and mentors alike.

  3. Having a mentor is one of the most underrated and underappreciated tools to utilize in life. I currently have two mentors within my professional life: one for leadership and one for my fraternity. I am blessed to have two incredible figures that are not only successful in their respected fields, but have incredible resumes, character, and knowledge of life. This is key to any successful mentor and to have the ability to spread that knowledge with others is quite amazing.
    According to Forbes writer, Ashira Prossack, a mentor should possess these four qualities: Compatibility, Contrast, Expertise, and Trust. I too agree with this; however, I would also add Effective Communicator and Adaptable to that list. Of course, there are numerous qualities, adjectives, and verbs we can throw out there, but they have to make sense. It is interesting that Prossack has down Compatibility and then Contrast right after each other. They seem to be completely opposites, however to possess the two is quite important.
    A mentor is someone that you will need to work with at all times and need to learn from; therefore, to say they have to be compatible is an understatement. This quality works hand in hand with the quality I chose- Effective Communicator. To be compatible and effectively communicate what you have to say is a recipe for greatness. To be compatible, you simply have to be able to gel with that person and be able to work with them. You have to be willing to meet often, voice and listen to opinions, and of course- communicate effectively. There is nothing worse than a mentor/mentee who never reaches out to the other because they lack the necessary skills to get in touch with the other.
    The second characteristic of contrast is interesting and I do agree with the writer’s opinion here. Both of my mentors are not completely the same as me, nor completely different. There are striking differences and this is crucial to the relationship and the “mentoring” that is going on. For example, if the mentee is a very overzealous person, and the mentor is the opposite, it could open the mentee’s eyes to what they maybe should do during certain circumstances. This goes along with adaptability. It is important to be adaptable while being a mentor; your mentee could be someone so vastly different from you, that you have to completely change your approach to the matter.
    The last two characteristics are two that are simply obvious. If you are going to be a mentor to someone, then you have to be knowledgeable on the subject and have experiences to tell of. If you hold leadership positions, have absolutely phenomenal grades, and a knack for helping others, then being a mentor maybe for you. However, if you are someone that is lazy, unwilling, and untrustworthy, then this is clearly not the job for you. Being a mentor hold incredible responsibilities that requires time, effort, and care for the other individual.

  4. Having a mentor is something that can make you twice the person you were without one. Mentors show you the ropes, and teach you the tips and tricks that you need to succeed. When I first got a job at a tree nursery in my town, I was very lost and didn’t really know what to do until one of the workers took me under his wing and showed me how things worked in the day to day tasks. I shadowed him for a week and the owner saw that he was teaching me how to do everything, and began to just assign us tasks together that way it was easier for us. If he had not approached me on the second day and mentored me, then I would not have been nearly as an effective worker as I was. While he was decent as his job, he certainly didn’t fit all, or any, of the mentor attributes described in the article. To show how a mentorship can go sour very quickly if these attributes are not met, I later quit that job partly due to him. He was not the smartest guy, and after a week of being with him on the job he jokingly told me that he just got out of prison for armed robbery, then proceeded to show me his inmate ID card. After this I certainly did not trust him as much as I did, and I once saw him steal a couple dollars in tips from another worker. He continued to attempt to follow me around and mentor me and I later quit. This is why being able to end a mentor-mentee arrangement in a real work place is important because if you do not have the right one, it can be extremely detrimental to the worker and possibly drive them to a different job.
    While that was definitely a negative example of a mentor that I have had, I have also had very positive experiences that benefitted me greatly. And coincidentally, all of them fit into the mold described in the article. In my opinion, the most important aspect of a mentor mentee relationship is trust. The whole foundation of a mentor ship is based on trusting their advice and guidance. If the mentee does not trust their mentor, then the relationship is pointless because then they might not be truly following the mentors advice and guidance if they don’t trust it. Secondly, contrast is another very important factor in a mentor relationship. While too much contrast could not be a good thing, having some difference in their thinking process could result in a very productive relationship. If both the mentor and the mentee think the same way, then there is almost no point in the relationship because what the mentor is advising, the mentee has probably already thought of it.
    I think that companies implementing a mentor system in the workplace is a great idea and will help new employees acclimate to the workplace and even better them as a person or improve their problem solving after hearing experienced opinions. While I think the system is good and helpful to employees, a key factor to the program working is the ability for employees to choose a new mentor. Citing my previous anecdote, if an employee were to be assigned the wrong mentor, it could spell bad news for their working experience, so having the option of getting a mentor that better suits them is key for programs like these to be successful.

  5. For someone to have a mentor means that he or she have someone that acts as if the person is simply twice the individual that you are. They are the ones to teach and demonstrate the tips and advice that you need to succeed later in life! Personally, I feel that it is one of the most underappreciated tools to have in one’s life. For me, it was always my parents. Even until this day, I ask them for help with the struggles that I have from time to time, even at the most inconvenient times, to be honest. One of the things they taught me was how to be an efficient worker, whether in the work force or in the classroom. An example of how they showed me was when I have shadowed my father in the workplace. Once in a while up until I went off to live in college, he would take me under his wing and showed me how things worked from day to day. One of the more important lesson that that I gained from this experience was that you do not have to necessarily like the person you work with, but you just have to show respect for them and be able to trust them. This is because it is impossible to complete tasks efficiently with others if he or she cannot work well with others.

  6. One of the greatest tools to improve your job or educational success is to have a good mentor. A mentor can advise you to take the right path and help you when you need it. Especially when you’re thrown into a new situation—freshman year of college, a new job, etc—a mentor will be the most helpful guide you have access to. When working with your mentor, it is important to keep a few things in mind, as this article points out. The author defines that your mentor should have good compatibility with you, a different personality, expertise, and trustworthiness.
    Obviously, it is hard to work with someone that you cannot tolerate. If you and your mentor are too different, working with them might be a nightmare. Although the article states that your personalities should differ in some way, too much of a difference can lead to issues and disagreements between you and your mentor. There should be just enough of a contrast that theres variability in the methods and ideas reproduced by the mentor and mentoree collaborating; but without headache. Your mentor should also be educated on the area that you are working on. Although experience and title are good qualities for a mentor to have, you really want to find a mentor that is knowledgable about the career that you are pursuing. Age isn’t a factor to really look for, as someone younger can be just as knowledgable (maybe even more) than someone who is older. A factor that should matter most is how trustworthy your mentor is. The mentoree should be able to confide in their mentor in order for their collaboration process to work efficiently.
    Although I do not have a mentor that I visit often, I have the Freshman Studies mentor I was supplied with for my first year here at Seton Hall. He helped me understand the different resources that were available to me on campus and what classes I could take to improve my experience of my first year. He and I worked very well together, and he even took some of the same professors that I’m taking now when he was an undergrad. Overall, my first experience of having a mentor was fantastic, however I’m more excited to find a mentor that I would work with more than my Freshman Studies one. He was able to guide me through the basics that led to the rest of my college experience, but now I’m ready to work with a mentor to help me with my career.

  7. Before coming to college, I never knew the importance of mentors. Only after I ran into a cumbersome situation, a friend, who was a graduate student, helped guide me through my difficult ordeal. Ever since then, I reached out to him with my problems and relied on him to help guide through any issue. One of the best advice I received was sending invitational letters to HR managers in Linkedin, especially if I am interested in their companies and internship positions. I honestly do not think I would have gone this far in life without people like my friend. Especially as an immigrant who came to this country, I believe that everyone can benefit from a mentor-mentee relationship.
    Especially now, I believe that people do need mentors in their lives more than ever. At a time when misinformation constantly surrounds people and with constant stimulation, people often are confused. People such as students and young professionals often struggle with finding their identities. They try to figure out their strengths and weaknesses. At the same time, the internet and social media platforms can often distract them from discovering who they are and what types of people they want to become. Technologies are advancing at such a rapid pace that even lawmakers and regulators are having a hard time to adapt to the changing time. Things are becoming more challenging for someone to go on a quest of self-discovery with the constant bombardment of information from places such as the internet and social media. Although such platforms and software lead us to quickly access to information, awareness, and social activism, these platforms arguably also encourage us to indulge in instant gratification and cause depression (https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001810.htm).
    However, a mentor can help direct a person to discover what sort of potentials he or she may have. Especially someone who went through similar struggles and challenges can be a tremendous source of wisdom and knowledge for someone who is currently going through their own sets of issues. With someone like me, I discovered that places such as Linkedin are underutilized resources that college students can use to reach out to certain companies and people that they admire and want to work for in the future. I was able to find people who were able to give me tips and insights on how they went about with their professional journeys.

  8. I have had the pleasure of encountering a few different mentors on my journey through life as I have now made it to Seton Hall University and feel blessed for it. I feel that a mentor can help in many ways especially when it comes to a helping hand or just someone to talk with. Google’s dictionary describes a mentor as an experienced and trusted advisor, but as I just mentioned, sometimes they can act as a person to just conversate with.
    For me, I am lucky to have a family that seeks success in whatever it is that we do. My mother holds a position of authority at a financial firm and networks with many great minds, including Donald Trump. She has helped me out through my life by acting as a mentor and teaching me many things that will help me in my future. Along with her wisdom, she has taught me to network myself; with new people and the great minds that she herself works with. Her introductions have led me to great relationships with successful businesspersons and congressional representatives.
    I have been able to get close with two people in particular. Thomas DeRita and Richard Rosenblatt are two very successful people that I have had the pleasure of calling my mentors. Thom works as an agent for professional baseball players coming from the foreign countries like the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. However, that is just part of his job as he also plays a big role Florida Government and works as the CEO for ReSource Group NA Inc., which is a government relations firm that specializes in correction, city government, land use, permitting , developer’s agent. Richard is the CEO at Rosenblatt Securities Inc., which operates from the 59th floor of the Trump Building on Wall Street. He has a strong financial background that started from the bottom; talking numbers on the floor of the NYSE.
    Both of these people give me a diverse look on how things are done and where I can go with my own ideas. They are loving people who want the best for me and I know I can always call for advice.
    Mentors are success driven and that is what separates a good mentor from a bad one. They follow the guidelines expressed in Forbes article stating that a mentor should be trustworthy, have expertise, contrast, and compatibility. I acclaim much of my knowledge and drive towards success to my mentors, mom included. I strongly recommend to anyone who does not have one to search for someone who wants the best for them and just have a conversation. Your mentor does not have to be someone with outrageous success, but definitely someone who wants it or knows the path towards it.

  9. Mentors are one of the key components to success in the real world. Not everyone mentor can have the best experience or the biggest title, or the best reputation, but they do need to have the experience that you will find valuable. You and your mentor need to find similarities between yourselves, and the best bet would be to find one that has been down the same path as you. What is interesting about this article is that the author says that you need to find compatibility with your mentor, but he also says that you need to be unlike your mentor at the same time. The reasoning for this is that if there is a part of you different than part of your mentor, they can challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, which is very beneficial in the long run. I have had many mentors in my life, varying from family members to teachers in school, and each on of them has gotten me to where I am today. Each one has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and each time i have grown as a person, so these traits that are mentioned in this article are traits that i can relate to. Mentors do not need to be the best at what they do, they just need to be like you.

  10. Having a mentor is really helpful because they offer another perspective on a mutual interest. Both of you have something in common which is why the mentor and mentored are paired, this is a great opportunity to explore new routes and evaluate the path you are on. Having a mentor from the start of your career or simply in life can enrich your understanding of different subjects and ideas. Healthy criticism is a promising method of understanding new outlooks and becoming informed on a variety of issues. Mentors are great friends and leaders, participating in the formation of the mentored.

    Personally, I don’t recall having a mentor but I can relate this idea to my parents. We have a mutual interest of bettering my chances in life with opportunities and guidance. I am grateful to have parents because without them, I would probably deter from the path I am currently on. Parents instill morals, interests, etc. into your mind from a young age, hoping these teaching will offer a greater version of yourself, helping you and others. These mentors understand that a good upbringing is crucial because in a sense it is all the lessons they have learnt while growing up. These lessons and experiencing told and forewarned are to prevent the same mistake of theirs in us. They want us to have a head start on our journey of trial and error. Parents understand that mistakes is how you learn and hope that their lesson will help you in the long run when you encounter similar issues.

    Mentors, for me, are everyone. I see every individual as a story, filled with experience I can learn from. I don’t ignore what they say but instead analyze and question it, in order to grasp a bigger understanding of it. Everyone is different with different paths and different lessons. My job is to listen others and learn from their wisdom because everyone has knowledge on life but many people don’t acknowledge it. They correlate age with wisdom but everyone who has a story, a story with purpose has a lesson to teach.

  11. If you’ve ever been on YouTube and got caught in their monopolistic powerhouse scheme, then you have must likely become victim to the world of advertisement. One of the most reoccurring ads was of this entrepreneur who proceeded to show off his car collection, before slowly emphasizing that his book collection was larger- this individual is Tai Lopez. Tai Lopez is one of your average self-made millionaires who puts most of his wealth on his incessant drive to learn and read, but one of the most emphasized elements he implements in his discussions for marketing and entrepreneurship is the importance of mentors. He explains, that being able to communicate with someone who is more experienced, sometimes older, and is in a situation you want to gradually excel towards is one of the most important elements of becoming successful. For him, mentorship is an opportunity to achieve a sensation of ultimate wisdom and knowledge; a direct step by step to achieving your ambitions. In such a business related environment, Lopez’s mentors had been in CEO and top spot corporative positions, and were able to guide him towards books to read and teach him the structural backbone of the business world without even a spot of actual experience. This had been his motivational platform which he excelled from, as he went from living in a home with his mother on the couch to living in a mansion amid Hollywood, California, only spreading his wisdom he received. If we shift focus towards illustrious figures such as Kobe Bryant, we could see his mentor as Michael Jordan- someone who helped expand his skill with his professional knowledge. Although we may have individuals who are successful and self-taught such as Hans Zimmer or Leonardo DiCaprio, mentorship is a key route in which success could efficiently and more rapidly be achieved. This one on one conversation, or group discussion with someone who is in a position that you look up towards is a key aspect in gathering intimate data and personal expertise that will help you excel as an intellectual. Additionally, mentors see how we stand in our roaring ambitions, and are sources of encouragement and directly tell you what you may need improvement on. This tunnel of direct knowledge is a key core element in allowing an individual to grasp the boundaries of where he stands, and what he must achieve; a personal guide that will allow you to see what must be done in an organized manner. This form of mentorship can come in any direct form such as family members, teachers, and professional workers whom you aspire to become like. As the article also touches upon, contrast is an important feature in this instance of personal growth. Conversing with someone that holds a position you believe is far from your “possibility zone” or comfort regions will promote you to overcome such weakness and give your insight on such areas where you lack knowledge. Just as if my mentor was a Broadway actor and I was rather stage fright, this contrast would allow me to potentially receive help in overcoming such fears. Personally, I believe this form of mentorship transcends actually personal one on one discussion and could be something indirect. I find myself motivated by videos and actors who are in positions I would like to become in, as I continue to watch videos on their successes and how it may be achievable. This non-direct mentorship is something that I believe most individuals experience, either learning or becoming motivated by certain illustrious individuals without ever meeting them. With a world of unlimited possibility and ambition, mentorship is an aspect that allows an individual to grow toward their ambitions, as the mentor themselves have certainly been in aspiring positons prior to their successes.

  12. I think this was actually a really helpful article that talks about a topic that no class ever will. A mentor is someone who is going to guide you through a career and is going to open up a lot of opportunities for you. If you don’t know what to look for in someone who is going to be detrimental in your life then things are going to be a lot more difficult than they need to be. The very first point the article makes about compatibility is one of the best points. A mentor is going to be in your life for years and if you are not compatible then it is never going to work out. I know what it is like to force a relationship because it is something I thought I had to do. The relationship was obviously forced and it was awkward everytime we were together and it didn’t last long. However, it is important to find balance in all relationships because you don’t want someone that is identical to you. It might be cool at first because you get along so well but you need ideas from someone who thinks differently. If you want really good advice you need someone who isn’t going to tell you what you were already thinking. The key to a lot of things in life is finding different opinions, taking them all into consideration, and using the best part of each one. Finding a mentor who is exactly like you will defeat the purpose of a mentor.
    The last of the four things to look for in a mentor is my favorite one: trust. You do not want a mentor who thinks you are bothering them and just says what they need to get you away. This will likely lead to getting bad advice from someone who was just trying to get you off their back. A good mentor will always have your best interest in mind and will tell you what they honestly believe is best for you. But, as the article explains, trust goes both ways and you must prove that you respect your mentor. You cannot take their help for granted, it is important that you explain exactly what you need from them. They should not have to waste their time with someone who isn’t straightforward about what they want. If you can find a mentor with all the characteristics described in this article you should consider yourself lucky. This article provided unique ideas that no one has ever talked about, inside or outside the classroom. I am going to try to use this information to the best of my ability because you don’t get many chances at finding a mentor and I want to make the most of every opportunity I get.

  13. As you start out in a new job or career, it is an upmost necessity to have a mentor guide you through how to begin your job or career within their company. Mentors are designed to help you thrive, however the long term effect a mentor has on you is to help prepare you to become a mentor as well for someone else. This everlasting cycle is the piece that keeps the company running by its original virtues, as well as evolving yet remaining current with the demands made by society.
    An important aspect to understand is that in order to grow within a company, you must be open to listening to different inputs and ideas of your coworkers. For a workplace to thrive, diversity is a key point that must be achieved. Receiving alternate perspectives from other individuals in the same work environment is what allows the company to test and create more ideas or policies that will enable their company to increase profits, or gain a greater consumer following. In another blog post I had done, the article discussed why the workplace should have a diverse age range of different individuals, and how much of a significant impact it had on companies overall. It proved that in order to gain a broader perspective of a market, it was best to have both younger and older individuals working side by side. This idea coincides with how we should choose our mentors. Mentors should be someone of higher authority than you, but age and like qualities should not be determining factors. As stated previously, a mentor is someone who is supposed to guide you. It is more than recommended that your mentor is not your equal, meaning you should not allow your best friend to become your mentor in a work setting. It is encouraged to find someone who is not your equal so that way you can grow into a mentor yourself. It’s the best possible way to become better at what you do for a living, and to learn the ropes and succeed.
    Mentors should always be someone who you feel comfortable with, and it is acceptable to request a new mentor if you feel like yours will not help you get to where you need to be. In a career setting, it is vital to make decisions such as this to better yourself. Not only will it help in the long run, but will also provide you with greater and better learning experiences. What can be taken from this is to be the mentor you want to be, and lead by example to others around you. Especially individuals who are still learning the ropes of the job position.

  14. For any person, having someone to guide and assist them is a great asset both in the corporate and in the personal world. College students specially can benefit hugely from having a mentor, as someone who can assist them on career goals, in how to successfully go through college and why not, advice in life as well. Upon reading the Forbes article, I agree with some of the parameters the author used to give the readers advice on how to wisely choose a mentor. She mentioned 4 aspects: expertise, trust, compatibility and contrast as the ones who would determine the choice of mentor to someone. In my view, I consider trust to be the most important one, because one must deeply trust a mentor to seek advice from who truly will care and give the most accurate advice to the specific needs of that particular individual, and here is where compatibility comes in. You and your mentor should be in the same tune, especially in professional terms, where a bad advice can lead to a permanently disaster in one’s career. As such, is pivotal someone’s expertise in the field is solid and accountable for, since an unreliable advice is even worse than do not get any advice at all. Moreover, people should not look for someone whose personality is similar to himself. The reason for this is a mentor should give the best advice, which sometimes means doing a hard or painful thing. That can be especially tricky to do if the mentor and the person being mentored have similar personalities, as they cannot visualize the situation with another angle or point of view, which is why contrast is so important in this relationship.
    The Forbes article did not mention, but I believe there is another important aspect in this relation, which should be included as well, complicity. The reason being is because, both parties should deeply care about each other, both professionally and personally, as the conversations, decision and plans they create together may- and probably will- change the future of at least one of them, for good. This is such an important relationship, as such, there are probably many other aspects which should be considered, still, I believe I could mention and describe some important ones, as well and give my personal opinion of Forbes’ points.

  15. Mentors are the most important part for a young persons life. My mentor in high school and still now is my high schools track coach. Since the time I entered middle school, my coach has helped me in every way possible. Coach Gould fullfilled each of these roles very well. Whenever I would need something my coach was always ready and willing to help. He was the person that praised me after performing well. However, He was also my toughest critic. More often than not my coach would be criticizing my performance even if I did well. This criticism taught me how to do better and take criticism better. As I grew up under my coach I learnt how to become a better athlete, friend and brother. Mentors must have all these characteristics to motivate their mentorees to grow and become better.

  16. Many of the world’s most influential figures have had mentors who taught them everything they know. From great military generals to real estate developers to government officials, exceptional leaders learn from other successful people. I agree with the author of this article that finding someone who has expertise in an area you are interested in is a vital part of finding a effective mentor. In addition, I agree that trust is of utmost importance when choosing a mentor.
    Over the course of my life I’ve found that the most successful people are those who are great listeners and great communicators. People who can listen to an entire story and remember the whole thing the first time. Those who can experience something in an everyday situation and then paint an exciting and vivid picture of the moment. While I personally believe that some things in life can’t be taught, these qualities or attributes of someone’s character certainly can in my eyes. Which is why I believe that finding a mentor is a legitimate method of increasing a one’s success. Discovering a person with valuable and reliable advice, along with a successful track record and good reputation will not only propel someone or someone’s business to the next level but also improve a person’s mental state and standard of living. Knowledge is a beautiful thing and can be shared from one person to the next as long as you are willing to learn now.

  17. I tend to work solo rather than collectively, so you can imagine my joy when I used to be forced to do collaborative work with other kids in my school. However, mentors are rather important, they support and help their student reach the goal they want. Mentors are great people to go to when you are unsure about something regarding academics, and they are there if you need additional help. A mentor should be someone you are compatible with, contrast with, is an expert in their field, and someone you can trust. It is really important to trust that the mentors are doing their best for you. They are here to make sure you move in the right direction, with right intention and the right way.
    For me having mentors has always been awkward, because I was never used to requesting help from people. If I did not know something, I would figure it out myself, but asking for help – that was the last thing I would do. So when I got my first mentor, it was least to say – strange, but later on it became easier, I could rely on him, and whenever things were difficult, it was easy to express where I was confused regarding my academics and such. I’ve had multiple tutors, but one mentor who I met in my junior year of high school. He was incredibly nice, and he helped me to even graduate a year early. I still keep in touch with him once in a while today and I am still able to ask him questions if I need to. I feel that mentors are not appreciated enough, just like teacher, and they are teachers in a way, because they guide us and help us navigate our way through this little phase called high school or college. Just as a doctor is held in high regards because he can save a life, a mentor is as important because he or she can get to the child and bring out what their ambitions are, what their desires and goals are. Mentors are more than mere helpers, they also become friends.

  18. Who you look up to says a lot about the type of person you are. Your role model is an important figure in your life and is a predictor as to who you will become. Coming from somebody who hasn’t had much direction in their life, a mentor is an essential part of your success and choosing your mentor should not come lightly. The article lists the four key elements of a good mentor as compatibility, contrast, expertise, and trust. I will address each of these. I can say from experience, a mentor is somebody who will lead your life in the right direction. A mentor can be the same age as you or older, my opinion is that somebody older will be able to lead you down a better path because they have been in your shoes and have learned from experience.
    Compatibility and trust are the two most important elements in your relationship with a mentor. Trust can be hard to build with someone, especially someone who is not completely involved in your life. To maximize your relationship with your mentor you must be able to tell them all the good and the bad in your life, no matter how embarrassing. A good mentor is not judgemental and will provide you with guidance no matter what the situation may be. They should also be willing to put you outside of your comfort zone. This is why contrast should be heavily considered when choosing a mentor. Contrast can mean someone who is different in terms of race or gender, but you should be looking for characteristics in that person that you, yourself want to attain. A mentor can be somebody younger than yourself but I would argue that they should be older. This is where expertise comes into play. Somebody who has walked in your shoes and came out on the other side knows more about you than you think. This expertise can help you combat problems early on and deal with further issues that may arise.

  19. The article on things to look for in a mentor is a very important article. I would say that mentorship is crucial to success in almost any endeavor one can partake in.

    The one trait that I would say is extremely important when choosing a mentor is trust. Very recently I’ve been thinking about how important it is for there to be trust in any successful relationship. Whether it is a relationship between an employee and their employer or citizens and their elected officials. This is no different when it comes to mentorship and this article describes that trait and its relevance to a successful partnership well.

    Another great trait is Contrast. It does not make sense to have someone who thinks like you, or is like you in many other ways to be a mentor to you. Mentors should serve to stretch you and assist you bringing out characteristics that you may not have known were there. Having a mentor who you may already know sees things a bit different than you is a good way to get a the perspective that is needed to help you grow. So often I have heard that it is in the uncomfortable place that allows you to grow. This is the reason I agree that having someone who is different than you but also is willing to help you get to the next place in life is truly a trait to look for when choosing a mentor.

  20. This article is very informative. I would think the things mentioned as sure signs of identifying a good mentor are very good points. It is true that one has to be able to communicate effectively with their mentors. Be it a job mentor school mentor or just personal life mentor. These people will have a responsible role to play in your life and it is necessary that you pick a good one. The article points to selecting a mentor who is compatible meaning they should be someone you can easily agree on issues with. This person should also contrast certain aspects of your characteristic or personality in a positive way. At the same time the mentor should also be trustworthy and have expertise that is above yours so that you can actually learn from them. All these qualities are not very easy to associate one person with but is certainly very important to look for in a mentor. With the above qualities it appears mentors would normally be older or just about the same age as the mentee to incorporate the trust and especially the expertise required from such a person. Since normally experience comes with age. The saying “older and wise” comes to mind. However it is true that a mentor does not have to be of the same gender as you. There is also a point in having a younger mentor which mostly works for personal life situations like your fashion mentor who can certainly mentor you on current fashion trends that millennials are very familiar with. So with that said, all generations could be mentors depending on what you need a mentor for. One other important point made in the article is finding a mentor who would challenge you and give you unbiased opinions. That can be challenging since people normally cannot take constructive criticisms if it is contrary to what they want to hear and could strain a relationship. This however is why you have to pick one whose expertise are beyond yours. They will be good communicators who knows how to deliver, be it criticism that maybe hard to accept in a way that you would be comfortable with or just advise that contradicts what your goals are. Mentors are important and should definitely be one that the mentor and mentee can accommodate.

  21. A mentor is someone that will guide you to develop your full potential. Although, forming a mentor-mentee relationship must be a mutual process as the article stated. Therefore, it is essential that there should be compatibility between them and most importantly have trust in each other. At the very least, a mentor should have experience and a track record of success in what he or she does. Additionally, there are plenty of other qualities the person who is guiding your decisions should possess.

    In order to find the right mentor, we should look for someone who is visionary, empathic and honest. Sometimes in life, we come across people that provide us with insights that we might not find useful at the moment, but later on in life, this might guide us through difficult situations. For instance, a mentor of mine once told me, “the person struggling doesn’t understand the full picture at the moment, but a wiser person that perhaps may have gone through the same struggle might see the problem from another perspective.” Finding the right mentor can signify the difference between success and failure. The right mentor will always provide you with constructive feedback. As Edwin Rolfe stated “never judge a book by its cover.” it helps understand that mentors can occasionally be found in the person you least expected from which leads to believe that people should give mentors a chance before fully evaluating them. Overall, opinions may vary about mentors, but there is a trend that lead us to realize that mentors are important in the different stages of our life in order to help us grow and thrive.
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  22. I have always loved to personally be a mentor to the people who need it most, especially those who are younger than me. Teaching new things is something I strongly enjoy doing, and it also benefits the learner as well. Trust is easily the number one most important thing you need to have when having a mentor. You need to be able to believe that the person will lead you in the right directions, as it may or may not affect the rest of your future.

    A good mentor is one who has already experienced the past and what you are currently trying to achieve. This is true because the mentor will already know what the outcome of their own personal situation was, therefore they can pass it on to you whether or not the result for them was good. This is why people that are older are usually better mentors than those who are younger, simply because they have been around longer and have more knowledge.

    Staying positive with your mentor will also keep him/her positive with you. If the both of you can pair up your minds together then new thoughts can be formed and the results can be more accurate. Being open and sharing your deepest thoughts is sometimes the best thing you can do if you want to succeed. Showing your mentor that you are well-dedicated towards your goals will prove to them that you are serious, you trust them, and you are confident that you will do well.

  23. Being a young adult looking for a job when you are in college can be extremely stressful. Though I have not started looking for a job I believe interning is the first step. This is good for when you to begin to make contacts in the industry and thus eventually, if you wanted to or if it was offered, working for the company. In between this process or during this I believe is when you begin to get your mentor, and you become the shadow. In the article, it states that the mentor and mentee relationship needs to have compatibility, contrast, expertise, and trust. Some of which I believe is true and other that I disagree with.
    Let’s start with the compatibility. I agree with the mentor and mentee needing to be compatible with the fact that how can one learn when there is drama or ill intentions between them. At first, when you meet the mentor, there will be minimal compatibility between the both of you which will make it awkward at first but with “a bit of time to get to know someone” everything will be better. Though I agree I also disagree in the sense that if compatibility is too strong, then you can potentially risk losing out on valuable information because you may be doing too much time talking about your social life and less on learning how to do the job correctly. Next is contrast, which is one that I do not disagree with. Having someone who is slightly different than you can point out the people who you work best with and those who do not. When “having someone to look at things from an entirely unfamiliar perspective” with you most of the time it helps to see things from their eyes. It points out the things you could possibly be missing and vice versa.
    I don’t understand why expertise was put in here because I thought that that was something that was a give in. Why would anyone want to mentor someone who knows very little knowledge in the area of which they are trying to learn? As a female, I would like to have a female mentor since they would understand the “challenge you’re facing” since she is also female. Finally, there is trust. Trust is the biggest thing you need to have with your mentor. It is hard to gain confidence with a stranger that you have just met, but you two can always work at it.
    Another thing is if you do not have trust you will always be second guessing what the mentor or mentee has said, which isn’t good for the relationship. In my opinion, trust is what is going to determine what kind of relationship is going to span from this. A good relationship with your mentor is able to open up so many doors for the mentee in the future.

  24. I found reading this article to be very beneficial in more ways than one for me. The first way is the fact that I will eventually get a full time job and would love to have a mentor so that I can learn how the job works. I would hate if my mentor and I did not get along because then the whole relationship would be ruined. I agreed with how there needs to be differences between us because I would not want someone that just agrees with all my ideas, but rather someone that challenges me to come up with new and better ones. Most importantly, I agreed with the fact that I would want someone that I can trust and tell things to because I believe that everyone needs that kind of person at work. I would not want my mentor to go telling everyone in the workplace every single detail that I may tell him or her. In the end, I want to make sure that my mentor is challenging me to be the best worker that I can be but also at the same time helping me out and giving me advice when I need it.
    The other way that I found this article to be beneficial was from the perspective that I am a mentor at where I work. I am a supervisor at Sesame Place and I have a lot of people that look up to me for guidance. I want to be the type of mentor where people feel comfortable coming to me and asking questions. The main point of my role is to not only be in charge of people and tell them what to do but also mentor them and guide them to eventually take over my role whenever I may leave. Reading this article helped me to understand how I can become a better mentor and help people to become even better workers. I have to be able to challenge everyone that is underneath me while at the same time making sure they understand that I am only doing it to help them. I do not like seeing people fail and get in trouble because it makes me feel like I have failed them. I want to guide people to always succeed in what they do and not settle for just average work. I believe that I get workers to do this by trying my best to be their friend while at the same time making sure they understand that I am their boss. Having this type of relationship can be difficult at times, but has been proven to work in the time that I have been a supervisor. When I go back to work at Sesame Place I will make sure that I remember reading this article and use it to my advantage.

  25. A mentor can help an individual make smart decisions and assist he or she in figuring out a career path through the upcoming years. A great mentor should not be someone who you look up to as a boss; your mentor should be looked upon as your friend or ally. Your mentor should have the ability and willingness to communicate ideas that you know, and some ideas you never would have thought of chasing. Although a short article, even though the title is “4 Things to Look For in a mentor,” a great mentor is going to have an unlimited amount of qualities that is going to help the individual in succeeding in their future path.
    Although I do not have a sole mentor, throughout my freshman year I learned and listened to a lot of Seton Hall students and faculty that I looked up to. A reason I can consider them my mentor is at any time of the day, I can reach out to them and ask them any question even if it was a homework assignment, or just asking them what classes to take for the upcoming semester. Mentors are not getting payed extra with every student they help, they do this for the enjoyment in helping someone making the correct decisions not for what the mentor thinks is best for he or she but talking to them asking about their likes and dislikes.
    I like how the author of this article put that a mentor “can help you gain confidence” in your career. Whoever is your mentor for whatever major, they to have went through the same thing you went through. Either workload, or getting interviewed for a job, a mentor knows the process in what the student is going to go through and can help them become more comfortable in the working environment. Just as the author stated, confidence will result in the mentor helping the individual “develop new skills in a job.” I currently am signed up for a mentor program within the business school for sophomores and could not be more excited in experiencing having my own mentor. I still am unsure in what I want to do with my major and having a mentor should help me in figuring out my career path.
    The author finishes the article stating that many women credit their success because they themselves had a mentor. Men and women are both nervous and perhaps frightened in what the future is going to hold for them. Therefore, mentors are crucial to one’s success in a career because he or she will guide you through the highs and lows within the industry. Not only is a mentor going to change your life, but a mentor will make you a better person without even realizing it.

  26. A mentor is an excellent asset throughout an individual’s career. As an intern this summer, I would always tell everyone on my team that I want to succeed and ask them how. More often than not, the answer was “find yourself a mentor”. As the article states, “many women credit having a mentor as a key to their success,” the successful women in my office agreed with that statement. As an intern, a shy one like me, it was hard to break out of my shell and reach out to people I looked up to. I wanted to develop close relationships with the individuals in my office, and I did, but it was difficult when I was only there for a short period of time.

    Next summer, when I start full-time, I will have plenty of time to build close relationships with my colleagues and find out who I am compatible with. I think this is important because both the mentor and the mentee have to feel comfortable around each other. Also, I was assigned a mentor and I look forward to continue to build that relationship, but there are others who I look up to that may see something in me too. As a shy person, especially in the workplace, I have a fear of saying the wrong thing or feeling unlikeable. But, what I have realized throughout my internship, every time I decided to step out of my comfort zone, only good things came out of it. I would work myself up to talk to someone out of my comfort zone, but this is important to building a relationship with them. Once I finally did it, it felt great knowing I am one step closer for the individual I look up to, to know who I am.

    I look for someone who has experience and will be there for me throughout my career. Someone who will be there for me is dedicated to their work and the company as a whole. I want someone to watch and help me grow. It would be important for me to have weekly or biweekly meetings to check-in and see how else I can excel in my career. As a young person coming out of college, it is helpful to have someone by your side who is rooting for you. I think the goals from the mentor and mentee should be aligned, so that they know your expectations and know you will do whatever it takes to succeed.

    Lastly, trust is the most important when choosing a mentor. I would like to know that I can confide in them without feeling scared. A mentor will “tell it like it is”, giving constructed criticism because they want you to learn and grow. A mutual trust is important because your mentor would like to know that you have their back.

  27. It can make life so much easier if you have a mentor that you can go to for anything in life. This person that is your mentor, has to be a person that you can go to for anything and it has to be someone that you trust immensely. Like it states in the article, trust is a huge factor in having a good mentor. If one does not trust this person it will be hard to open up and talk about personal issues so one can seek advice and grow as a person. Also, one thing that the article did not mention that I believe is an important quality to have as a mentor is honesty. I think it is so important to have somebody in your life that gives you advise but also this person has to be honest when they are giving you that advice. Sometimes we might not want to hear the truth but at the end of the day honesty is so important because it is the only way we can learn from our experiences and move forward. Lastly, I think that a mentor should not only be able to give you advise verbally, but, they should be able to lead by example. To me, a mentor is someone that is always striving to be at their best and it is someone that is always looking to do the right thing in any situation. Having a mentor that can lead by example sets the path for you and shows you how to deal with any situation that you might be in.
    I can say I am fortunate enough to have somebody I can go to for anything and everything. I can talk to my mentor about anything from sports to personal issues or obstacles that I might be facing. This person has the qualities that the article talks about. I trust this person with everything, we are very close, she is honest, she leads by example, and she has been through what I’ve been through so we can relate to one another. I believe that everyone should have a mentor in life. It can make the hard moments so much easier and it can make the great moments even better.

  28. Having a mentor is such an important part of life to help gain information and experience by learning with someone else. Many people have more than one mentor, including myself. I currently have an athletic mentor and a professional mentor. Each of my mentors have completely different personalities, but they help me grow and learn in every part of my life. The article states that there must be a mutual trust and relationship with a mentor, and I feel that with both of my mentors. I did take a while for me to trust my athletic mentor because we are not very similar. The article discusses contrast and compatibility, and I have experienced how a mentor could really be out of your comfort zone. My athletic mentor is very outgoing and talkative, which is the opposite of myself. My mentor was able to teach me how to be a leader in other ways then just talking. I was able to learn leadership skills like leading by example.
    I believe that every person should have a mentor in their life to help guide them through situations. Mentors can help you strive for success and show steps on how to become successful. One of the most common mentors is a professional work mentor. As mentioned in the article your mentor doesn’t have to be older than you, in the same profession as you, or don’t have the most years of work experience. I found that part of the article very interesting, because when I think of a mentor, I think of a person that is older than me and has a lot of experience in the same profession. The article makes it clear that a mentor doesn’t have to be those things, they could simply have been in the same position as you and know how to help you through their own experiences.
    I currently read an article “6 Things Great Mentors Do Differently” by Entrepreneur and the article discussed how you should want your mentor to have experience in similar jobs or situations as you. This statement is like the one presented in this article, because both articles talk about a mentor being able to relate to you if they have been in your position before. I found this article to be very helpful in qualities to look for in a mentor. It is important to know these qualities to ensue you have the best mentor that will help your reach your full potential.

  29. The article “4 Things To Look For In A Mentor” by Ashira Prossack, truly emphasized the four main traits that one should look for in a mentor. From my experience, I know for a fact that mentorship can really help guide one in new waters. For example, I recently started my own online business a few months back and I was lucky enough to have my own mentor help me set up my website, navigate through it, build clientele, and manage my finances when it came to sales and taxes. My mentor not only helped me in the basics of building my online business, he also invested into me through books, podcasts, and articles that would help me build up my critical thinking. I would have been able to do all this by myself, but what my mentor did was compress the time frame for me. What I mean by compressing the time frame, is that it would have taken me 2 years to get to where I was in 4 months. This help made me understand the true concept of time is money. If it were not for my mentor, I would not have been as profitable and as appealing to new customers, therefore giving me reasons to possible quit in my endeavor. If I myself had to pull out one important factor that made my mentorship really successful, it would be trust. There were many times where my mentor had to push me out of my comfort zone. I had to learn to trust him blindly, this allowed me to grow as an entrepreneur and salesman. I know that if I did not trust him, I would not have done the things that I did and then I would not have grown. Trust is a huge factor when it comes to relationships and even in the article the author mentions “You will be telling your mentor things in confidence, so trust is of utmost importance” (Prossack). The author clearer understands how important it is for one to not hide anything from one’s mentor, because a mentor is there to help you, and if you hide something from them, then they will not be able to help you to the best of their ability. My best advice from this experience in building my online business, is that if you want to go far learn everything by yourself, but if you want to make sure you go far for a long time and in a short time, then get a mentor.

  30. After reading the article “4 Things to Look For in a Mentor” I thought to myself how important a mentor is when trying to find a good job or even to succeed in life. A mentor is there to help you develop new skills to guide you for a future career and help you gain the confidence that you will need in the workplace and in general life. I personally have never had a mentor figure in my life yet but I think having one could really benefit me and my future in business. The article also talks about how a mentor helps you step out of your comfort zone. Some of us including myself tend to step back and hide in the shadows, so having a mentor, they can give you that extra push to branch out more. A mentor also doesn’t need to be someone with years of experience or an expert. A mentor should be someone who can relate to you that has gone through some of the same experiences you have, so they can help guide you in your future endeavors.

    I believe that no one is ever too good or too successful to have a mentor. I believe in having a mentor and mentoring someone. We all can benefit from the help of others and you are never too old, clever or experienced to have a mentor. I believe some of the most successful people today can say that there accomplishments and success are due to once having a relationship with a mentor or a mentor they still have today. Find that mentor that will challenge you to always improve and will deliver you both the positive and negative feedback that you need to hear.

  31. I believe that mentors can be helpful no matter what your position, level of experience, or age. They can humble a highly accomplished person or can build up someone with little experience to achieve their potential. Even if you are not seeing eye to eye with your mentor, it is important to try to learn from the relationship as a mentor may have a different perspective for you to gain insight from. Many times, mentors are more than happy to share their knowledge if you are interested in learning from them. This article made me realize how influential mentors have been in my life and how important they are when trying to achieve goals.
    This article discusses the qualities that make a mentor especially beneficial. I feel that a mentor does not have to have all of these qualities in order to be helpful, but having a few of them definitely makes them an asset to one’s personal success. Compatibility is the quality I think is the most important. I am a mentor to a younger person on my sports team, and I feel that us getting along so well is a major reason that she is thriving. Compatibility makes a mentor and mentee have a feeling of trust towards each other that makes the relationship closer. This can make both parties feel especially comfortable sharing tough issues with each other and getting through the tough times is easier with a mentor and friend by your side.

  32. Mentoring is a practice that offers mutual benefit to both parties involved. On one hand, having a mentor who is looking out for you best interest and looking to improve your career has a plethora of benefit. On the other hand, mentoring someone through a successful venture can be very rewarding and internally satisfying. Personally I have had mentors throughout my professional career and their input / contributions have been essential to my success. When entering a mentor mentee relationship, the most effective results will come from a strong partnership. Ashira Prossack, author of 4 Things To Look For In A Mentor, believes there are four factors that should be evaluated when selecting a mentor: Compatibility, Contrast, Expertise and Trust.

    I think the most essential factor for a successful mentor mentee relationship is trust. Arisha explains trust well by mentioning there must be a mutual trust between both parties. The mentee will be telling the mentor some personal stories and struggles they are going through. Without trust, a mentee would not feel comfortable telling their mentor crucial details about the obstacles they face, hindering their mentoring experience. The example that came to my mind when reading about trust in this type of professional relationship is a venture capitalist / angel investor. These investors use their money and more importantly their knowledge to help grow new and upcoming entrepreneurs. First, the mentor must have trust in the mentee’s business because they are putting their own time and money into this new venture. And, the mentee must trust that the mentor has their best interest in mind when working with him.

    The other interesting point I believe Ashira brought up was the age differential between the mentor and mentee. Erica L. wrote in her comment, “Having a mentor that can lead by example sets the path for you and shows you how to deal with any situation that you might be in”. I agree that everyone looks to their mentor for assistance in overcoming obstacles, but I think everyone’s career is very unique. More often than not, a mentors experience throughout their career will be only comparable to a mentee experiences. I think if a mentee looks too hard to follow a mentors “set path”, the mentee will run into even more obstacles. Everyone will lead their own unique path through their career, and attempting to follow others paths identically will only lead to more obstacles and difficulties.

  33. In my professional and athletic career I have always found a mentor to help me in my journey. My mentors help lead me towards bettering myself as well as becoming a better example for others. Not long after moving into college I met one of my best mentors yet. He was a senior and captain on my athletics team, but most importantly like the article stated we were very compatible. It was a natural friendship that just happened and he soon took me under his wing and always made sure I was doing everything I was supposed to do in my athletics and in everyday life. The best part about any mentor is when the push you too new limits. My mentor always pushed me outside of my comfort zone and he has never proven to be wrong yet. He always forces me to think from multiple perspectives in different situations so I can try to understand how others may feel that oppose from views. Since my mentor recently graduated he hasn’t become a major expert in any specific field yet, but he has had the same issues with me in school and athletics so he is able to help me understand exactly what I need to do and guide me through the steps. And the best part about my mentor is the trust that we have for each other. We both know we can say anything about any subject and there will be no judgement, instead guidance and help will be provided for any circumstance. Mentors are a very important part of any persons life, I think is important for people to find a mentor that will push them to new limits and will be relentless in making them a better person. My mentor has never taken it easy on me but has always shown full support and unconditional love. Having a mentor can help any person become an even better version of themselves and really help them push their professional, athletic, and personal boundaries to the next level.

  34. What should you look for when choosing a mentor? Choosing a mentor is not something that comes across my mind often. Therefore, I am not sure what to look for in a mentor.

    I currently have an advisor at school, I would say that in a way, that individual is my mentor. However, after reading this article, I would not describe that individual as someone that could be helpful to me in my college career. We meet up once a year and I have not gotten any advice from that individual.

    After reading this article and a few comments, I can see why I do not consider that person as a mentor. A mentor is someone that can advise you and guide you in the right path to help you shape your future. The article mentions there needs to be compatibility, contrast, expertise, and trust. These things are all important, it is important that you are comfortable with the person that you are working with. Being comfortable will help in opening up about certain questions, concerns and even personal issues. A Mentor should be a person that will push you in the right direction and should push you into making your own decisions based on the advice that he or she has given you. I also agree with the article that a mentor should not be within the same comfort zone. If they are, it is possible to not progress because they are not helping you get out of your comfort zone.

    I disagree with Gabrielle, I do think a mentor should be in the same field as you. In terms of career wise, it is important to have a mentor that has expertise in the field. For example, a mentor that is not in the accounting field cannot tell you how to succeed in accounting, nor can he or she tell you the different paths to take. However, I do think it is important to have a mentor in life (generally), that individual does not necessarily have to be in the same field as you because they would be mentoring you in a different way.

    When I choose a mentor, I will indeed be someone that I am compatible with because I want to be able to ask questions and not feel belittle. I will choose an individual that is the complete opposite of me because I do need someone to push me out of my comfort zone. Someone that I trust because I will know that whatever they tell me will be for my own good and they will always have their best interest in me. Choosing a mentor is not an easy decision to make, it could be a hit or a miss, therefore it is a decision that should be made wisely

  35. When someone is starting a new job or is put into a new position at work, or anywhere really, it is important for them to have someone they can look up to. Having a mentor can be an extremely beneficial thing to have in many aspects of life. No matter whatever situation that someone is in, having someone to be able to turn to and ask for help from is a necessity. Someone that is able to basically serve as an example for you in a new situation helps to aid in the transition. This article, “4 Things to Look for in a Mentor” outlines 4 important things that someone’s mentor should have in order to be good “role model”. They are trust, compatibility, contrast, and expertise, that should be looked for when someone is choosing a mentor for themselves. Being able to be compatible with your mentor is important because you need to be able to get along with them to ensure that you will be able to work closely with them successfully. Well you want to get a long and have similarities with your mentor, it is also important for them to be able to challenge and push you. For this reason, you want to make sure that whoever you choose is not 100% like you, and that you do have some contrasting points of view. This can help you to step outside of your comfort zone. For your mentor to have expertise on whatever they are mentoring you in is also important. They don’t have to be at the top of the ladder, but they shouldn’t be brand new either. You need someone that has enough knowledge of whatever field your in to be able to pass on their knowledge to you and be able to help and guide you. And finally, trust is extremely important, because you want to be able to share whatever concerns you have with your mentor, and you won’t be able to do that if you mentor and you do not have trust. I would say that that is the most important quality to look for, because if you don’t have trust, I feel that you wouldn’t want to go to your mentor for help and whatever else you need.

  36. This is an interesting subject because most of us will have a mentor at some point in our life. We want our mentor to be like our friend but that’s not their purpose. Mentors are like teachers who have a personal investment in us. They push us to be a better person. When looking for a mentor we’re not always sure what traits they will need to have. Everyone is different, some people need a gentle nudge and some people need a hard push. The fours things to look for in a mentor that Forbes pointed out are things we may not think about. Compatibility seems like an obvious trait but it can take time to figure out if you and your mentor have it. Compatibility doesn’t necessarily mean you’re best friends and you agree on everything. It should mean that your personalities complement each other and you know the right way to deal with each other. Forbes is right with saying that if you two just aren’t compatible don’t be afraid to ask for another mentor. Also don’t be afraid to have a mentor who maybe isn’t just like you. It can seem hard to believe that people with completely different personalities and interests can get along so well but it’s true. People who are in contrast with each other fill in the gaps. What I mean by that is someone who is social and outgoing can help someone who is shy and withdrawn be a little more like them and vice versa. Contrast puts you out of your comfort zone and forces you to try new things and grow as a person.

    The most interesting thing Forbes talked about how much experience a mentor should have. With age and experience comes wisdom and we tend to think that that’s the most important thing for a mentor to have. Older mentors can give you the most advice but not necessarily the right advice. Someone who’s closer to your age range is more likely to understand what you’re going through and what challenges you will face. They also have a much better understanding of technology and social trends. They know how those things are affecting the workplace and your personal life. As a personal example my dad is almost fifty years older than me and he has a ton of experience in all walks of life but I wouldn’t go to him for advice. His knowledge of things are from the 90s, 80s and 70s. So much has changed that what he has to say just wouldn’t be relevant anymore. The only thing more important than experience is trust. This should go without saying but your mentor has to be trustworthy. You’re putting your professional life in their hands you want to be sure that they have your best interest at heart. They could very easily shabotsh you or make you look bad. Trust it built over time but if have a bad feeling about a person or things aren’t going the way they should find someone else. The other three traits are great to have but an untrustworthy mentor can completely screw up your life.

  37. Having a mentor is a really important thing in life. Important influences are extremely crucial in shaping an individual in the workplace, and their future professional skills and beliefs. I really enjoyed this article, as it clearly and concisely broke up the four most important qualities that these aforementioned mentors should possess. The article first discusses compatibility between a mentor and their mentee. It talks about how if a mentor relationship is not a comfortable one, it may become a bit strained, and how an individual in this situation should probably find a new mentor. I understand this completely. Although I do not have a specific mentor at my job, I have a lot of higher ups who influence my decisions. I feel really comfortable with all of my managers, and I believe that this allows me to be a better worker. Therefore, their informal mentoring has influenced me and my work ethic. The article next relays that your mentor needs to have a contrast from you. More specifically, the article states, “A mentor helps you step outside your comfort zone, so this person should be a bit outside your comfort zone as well” (Prossack 5). I thought that this was a very interesting point that I had never really thought of. Yet, it totally makes sense. If a mentor is just like a mentee, how will they help them change? To be influenced to become more diverse, one needs a mentor that is a different person from them. If a mentor is different than their mentee, it will allow their mentee to grow. The article next explains how a mentor needs to have expertise in their field. To be somewhat of a teacher and an influencer, one needs to know the information they are conveying. A good teacher is well versed in their subject, and is comfortable enough with their material to make even those who are confused learn and completely understand their material. A mentor needs to do the same. “You want a mentor with enough experience to help you navigate through any challenges you’re facing, but that doesn’t always mean someone with the most years of work on their resume” (Prossack 7). A mentor does not need to be in their field forever, but they need to know what they are talking about. If a mentor is in a similar field as you, and have potent advice, then it does not matter how long they have been in their field. Finally, you need to have ultimate trust in your mentor. If you are telling your mentor information that is a bit private to you, you need to have trust in them. If a mentor has been assigned to you by your job, it may take a bit of time to get adjusted to them, and gain a level of trust. However, once this level of trust is gained, “you’ll get to know each other better and you’ll have learned each other’s communication styles” (Prossack 9). I think that trust may be the most important quality that a mentor mentee relationship should have. It is almost like a professional friendship. To trust a friend with your secrets, you must have the utmost trust in them. The same ges for a mentor. Whether it is a stressor at work, or a personal issue, if there is no trust in a mentor relationship, it is not going to be a successful mentorship. To conclude, a successful mentor needs to be compatible with their mentee, they need to make their mentee step outside of their comfort zone, they need to be a teacher, and they need to be somewhat of a friend. With all of the aforementioned qualities, a mentor mentee relationship will be a successful one.

  38. Stepping into a new environment, whether it be school, work, or any type of organization, is always a learning process. Proper training and guidance is a key element in determining an individual’s success when it comes to doing the job correctly and efficiently. When employers recruit new employees into their business environment, it is essential to recognize that these employees are new and need to be mentored. The top five challenges in a new job, as listed in an article written by Ramya Kakumanu, include fitting in, information overload, time management, getting along with colleagues and management, and load of work. An individual should keep these different types of challenges in mind when entering into any new business environment. One part of a mentor’s purpose is to help an individual tackle these challenges as smoothly as possible. Mentors should also help their mentees with their career by encouraging them to become more confident, improve existing job skills, and potentially discover and develop new skills. In order to ensure a successful mentor/mentee relationship, there are many aspects that should be considered. Having a mentor in which an informal relationship is formed due to the mentor not having proper training and being completely clueless about “the overall responsibility in welcoming the new employee” will not benefit the mentee whatsoever (Heathfield). In order to ensure a successful mentor/mentee relationship, a formal mentor process must be used (Heathfield). The mentor should ensure that the employee is learning the proper information in order to succeed in the new position. In order for this to happen in the most efficient way possible, a mentee must be able to trust his/her mentor.

    In my opinion, I believe that the mentor should work to make the mentee feel comfortable in order for the mentee to trust the mentor. The mentor should also build some sort of credibility with the mentee, so that the mentee trusts the mentor’s suggestions and sources. I also definitely agree with a need for contrast in the mentor/mentee relationship (Prossack). As someone who is shy and hesitant at taking risks, I would appreciate a mentor who can help me step out of my comfort zone and allow me to see things in a different light. Not only do I look for a mentor who can help me succeed in my current position, but I also look for a mentor who can help me learn more about my skills and potentially expose me to new and different professional opportunities. The most important aspect for me, however, is being able to trust my mentor in feeling confident that they truly want what’s best for me.

  39. Mentorship is the foundation of leadership growth and personal development within an organization. Mentors take shape in many different forms; champions, coaches, or captains just to name a few. These roles however all share the same four elements: Compatibility, Contrast, Expertise, and Trust. College students, like myself, can especially obtain high value from this article, because it provides guidance for structure in a critical aspect of their future career growth and success. College environment is very structured, whereas professional world does not have a definite structure to it; therefore, mentorship is the key to developing career paths and getting clarity as to how to approach your next steps.

    In my own experiences, mentorship has already proven to not only be an area of utilization of my own priority but also of the organizations that drive the markets around us. This past summer I had the exciting opportunity to attend two leadership conferences with two of the big four accounting firms. These firms are among the most global reaching and diversified entities in the world and I was taken back that they rely on and nurture mentorship even at a recruitment level. This is due to the fact that their talent and value to the market is a direct result of the quality of individuals within. While the overall experiences at the two firms were different, they both had fairly similar mentorship programs set up throughout the organizations and for us, the conference attendees. As the conference attendee, in both firms I was assigned to a “buddy” for the duration of the conferences, who attended various meetings with me and debriefed afterwards to make sure I had no remaining questions, had a full understanding of the various aspects of the firm and helped me start thinking about my career path. More specifically these conversations touched on the topics of whether the service line I selected was still my first choice, whether the culture was a good fit, what clients and industry interest me the most, and what my potentially goals and plans are. Additionally, while these are all very impactful, what also I found important to note, is that these individuals were not forced to provide or to act in this capacity. Much like a learning community, this mentorship community environment clearly at these firms clearly cultivates a natural mentorship tendency within their individuals. The benefit of which goes both ways, for the mentee and the mentor. Despite any contrast in career level or service line within the assigned buddies, the value obtained by the student participants could be comparable.

    Upon the completion of the two programs, I came out with a network of individuals who are not connections that were lost after a short period of time, instead these are individuals who I keep in touch with on regular basis to gain advice about my college career, professional career upon graduation, and even advice on how to handle tough conversations regarding various professional situations. These are individuals I trust to provide their most honest opinion and guidance, while keeping in their mind what will be best for me.

  40. There are two types of advices, the general advices that you read in books and that help you in different work or life situation. And the specific advices, that are given by a person that understands the situation and adjust the advice to the audience. These are people who have succeeded in a field or who have expertise that you would like to have and who can help you. It’s learning from someone who does what you want to do, who is where you want to be. The article shows that it is a relationship of trust combining authority and friendship. It is important to find the good balance between being close and resting the distance between the mentor and the mentee.
    To learn from others is to understand that it is a need of elders, of people with more lived experiences. But it’s a good thing to realize that it may be a model for others as well. We all can be a mentor from someone, a little sibling, or just someone that doesn’t have the same level of knowledge on a certain field. The important factor is that both the mentor and the person that learns need to agree and accept their roles because if they don’t the mentor is not going to babe able to push the mentee and take him or her out our his comfort zone.
    In my own life, I’ve had a lot of mentors. My parents because I believe it is a natural mentor, and I left my house when I was 13 years old to go to a soccer academy so since then I’ve had coaches, professors and educators that had a mentor role for me. I believe that mentorship doesn’t have to be necessarily a long term relationship. If you go on a boat for a day and you never sailed before, the person that is going to take care of you during this day is going to be your mentor, the trust is justified by the fact that you know this person knows what he is doing. So I’ve had a lot of mentors just not at the same level maybe.

  41. A mentor is an experienced and trusted advisor. But not all mentors have to experience, they just need to have enough experience to help and guide and person through their challenging time. A mentor could help gain a person confidence and the ability to see things differently. I had the opportunity to have a mentor through an externship that I did for a club called Rider University Aspiring Accounting Professional.
    My mentor is Evan Gurman from Wilkin and Guttenplan and he is a tax accountant. I rely on my mentor when I need help on anything dealing with accounting since he has dealt with some of these things already. So far Evan had helped me make big decisions regarding my career such as choosing if I wanted to go public or private for accounting. I do work closely with my mentor we normally do an hour video chat since we are far away from each other. Other times I go to the office he works at to just chatting up. My mentor had taken me out of my comfort zone by letting me do one of his assignment that needed to be done. Having the pleasure of having Evan as my mentor has been great so far, he has been a helping hand and someone I could easily talk to about the trouble I am having in school.

  42. A mentor is similar to a person where their knowledge, skills, and experience are passed down through a smaller, less experienced entity. It is through a mentor that most people develop the necessary understanding of a real world because a mentor offers similar experiences of an internship but on a personal level. Mentors are meant to inspire their protégés in whatever they desire and show them how the real world is like.
    A couple of mentors in my life that I’m thankful for are my parents. Without them, I wouldn’t know the first thing about surviving in the real world. The most important lesson that they instilled in my head at a young age was the impact that a work ethic has on a person. Without a work ethic, nobody is expected to survive in the real world. When companies hire other people, the reason they are so competitive in picking the perfect person is that they are entrusting the potential employee with a lot of responsibility. Personally, I believe that the biggest thing about an employee should be their work ethic and compatibility with others in the workplace. Without teamwork and a credible work ethic, efficiency is nearly impossible in the office and petty problems would be the boss’s biggest concern. That is why you must always just stick to your work and never get into any problems in the office. If you were to stick to your work, you would be focusing on something that the managers love, and in return, you would be rewarded for your efforts. A mentor is someone who is supposed to show you how important compatibility and diligence is, and should be willing to prove it to you through their experiences.
    The interesting thing about a mentor is that they are also able to teach you about things that you are not supposed to do in the workplace as well. If you have a work ethic and are compatible with your subordinates but lack any other type of skills, you also cannot succeed in the real world. The people who are able to adapt and read the room socially and ethically are the people who are going to be successful in the world. Maybe on some level, they could even be a mentor in the future.

  43. Nowadays, it is more important than ever to have (or to at the very least, think about) a mentor guide you through your struggles that you might have. A lot of people can be picky with their mentors, but for good reason and this article breaks down how picky you might have to be if you want to seek a mentor that suits you well and can help you grow.

    I think something that this article mentions that needs more emphasis involves the element of contrast between you and your mentor. As the article states, this doesn’t mean necessarily that you got to pick someone polar opposite, but don’t pick a clone of yourself (Prossack). I think this is very important for this up-and-coming generation. The reason I say this is because I feel that nowadays people surround themselves with other people who constantly push them up and ignore any type of miscues or mistakes, which is leading to our generation essentially being babied. With a sense of contrast, people (or in this case, a mentor) can explain to you what could be wrong or what needs improvement for your sake, instead of blindly gassing you up and pretending to be your BFF.

    Another aspect that the article explains is trust, which is also something that needs a little more emphasis these days. There is a barrier of awkwardness between mentor and mentee (as there should be), but it shouldn’t last for so long. There should come a point where both can break out of their shells and trust each other by being completely honest and letting the mentor or mentee know exactly what they might be thinking. If it’s a certain idea that someone might be scared to blurt out because you might sound like an ignoramus? Go ahead, blurt it out. What’s the worst that can happen. The same can go towards the mentor, don’t like something you see/hear? Give positive and negative feedback on it as honest as you can be.

    I feel like this article, albeit older, should be sent to a lot of people that I know. This generation needs a little bit of a wake up call if we’re going to start changing the world for the better, and it all starts with just simple communication.

  44. Upon reading the Forbes article, the author mentions 4 aspects: compatibility, contrast, expertise and trust as the ones that could help determine how to wisely choose a mentor. To begin with, whatever it is that you want to accomplish in life, in a job or a learning environment, a mentor is going to kick start you on the path to achieve it. When you have a mentor, you are learning from someone who has already arrived at where you want to be. They know exactly what it takes to get there and what sacrifices need to be made. When seeking for a mentor, there needs to be a certain degree of compatibility between the mentor and mentee in order for mentoring to be successful. A mentor and mentee must be able to enjoy each other’s company, and that is with each other’s willingness. Your mentor must be willing to take on the mentoring role, willing to grow together and must be entirely committed. Your mentor has to be approachable at all times and as a mentee, you have to be willing to take advice and criticism and put forth an effort. They should also be willing to put you outside of your comfort zone, therefore as the article states “this person should be a bit outside your comfort zone as well.” In other words, your mentor should be someone who offers encouragement and assistance, the age difference and gender should not matter. As in the article, it is the knowledge you get out of the relationship that should matter. Overall, as a mentee understand that a mentor isn’t in your life to judge you but in your life to give you a helping hand and guide you to the right path.

    In my view, I consider trust to be the most important thing to look for in a mentor because that is someone you are turning to, too help you find the solutions to your issues. But, as the article explains, trust goes both ways and you must prove that you respect your mentor. I agree because a good mentor-mentee relationship is built on trust. For this reason, it is important to not take their help for granted and explain exactly what you need from them. From experience, a mentor provides attention, help, advice, information, and encouragement that you will need in a professional life and in your general life. My real mentor of my life is my beloved Mother. My mother has always helped me in every phase of life. I have achieved so much in life and became the person I am today due to my mother’s guidance and support throughout life. She is the only one who can feel inside me and willing to help me in any possible way that I need. A mentor is a good listener, observer, and problem-solver and that is exactly what my mother is. She is someone I can trust when I am trying to find the solutions to issues I face in life. As a mentor, she touches on the lessons she learned when she was in the same positions I was in. She also empowers me to develop my own strengths, beliefs, and personal attributes. Overall, I think that everyone should have a mentor, someone who is who helping you in making decisions, overcome difficult situations and guide you towards the right path. Use this opportunity to make the most of it, to have confidence in yourself and to reach your potential goals!

  45. This Forbes article by Ashira Prossack gave me some guidance and signs that I have been needing. In general, finding the perfect mentor is really tricky because sometimes it’s hard to find someone compatible. Finding the right mentor is extremely important because it is someone who will be guiding you in very critical times of life. I think that a mentor is meant to help and guide you in making decisions and maybe show you alternatives. As a student who is undecided, I have had a lot of trouble when it comes to course decisions and what classes I should be taken. I can say that my mentor was not the best and we were not really as compatible as I hoped we would be. He was very nice and respectful, but I don’t think he knew how to handle or help someone who is as undecided as I am, and that’s okay because not every mentor will know how to deal with every type of person. As I was reading this article I really took interest in the part explaining that it is okay to find another mentor or seek help from someone else. It is important to get the help that one needs, especially regarding academics.
    Having trust in your mentor is a huge deal because they are guiding you with every decision you need to make in life. I really enjoyed this article because it stressed the importance of having that trustful bond with your mentor. Without trust there is no way that the mentor will be able to help the person because there will not be that foundation of being open with each other and that is a huge part of the whole relationship. Another part of this article that really caught my attention is the “Contrast” section. I think a lot of people do not talk to certain people because of the differences that they might have. For example, a twenty-two-year-old women by not feel comfortable having a seventeen-year old girl as her mentor. I think that is wrong only because age is really just a number. This seventeen-year old girl may have a lot of motivation inside of her to help others and guide others into making good decisions and could possibly inspire the twenty-two-year-old. I think it is all about compatibility and who you can learn the most from.
    Having a mentor is really helpful for everyone and I strongly believe that everyone should seek a mentor at least once in their life, for guidance, education, and help in different aspects of life.

  46. Having a mentor in today’s professional world is extremely important. With the ever changing job market and the evolution of technology, having someone to guide the way is reassuring. I agree with the statement about not having a mentor exactly like you is key. If someone thinks and acts exactly like you, you will never be able to open new doors and explore other schools of thought. Being diverse and having multiple perspectives allows people to be able to delegate, problem solve, and respect others. Being able to trust your mentor is almost like having an older sibling. I’m the oldest of four boys in my family and I attempt to be a solid role model for my brothers. I imagine in the workforce it is similar where a mentor takes in a new employee and attempts to get the best out of them. Being able to take advice and realizing there is always room for improvement is what makes a good worker. Getting pushed out of your comfort zone and expanding the way you approach different situations is paramount in the business world. I look forward to having someone in the professional world grooming me into a better version of myself and leading me to pursue my high goals.
    I had a mentor in my internship this past summer who was extremely helpful in showing me the ropes of the functions of golf tournament management. He was only a few years older than me, and coincidentally we shared the same first name, but we were very different. He knew I was a bit timid coming in to a new pressure environment, but knew that I was willing to put in hard work and grow as an employee. We would just converse about the job and he would tell me about his experiences when he was in my shoes as an intern in the same company. In fact, he was one of the main reasons I still would like to work in the golf industry. I trusted his intellect, and he respected my willingness to learn. Through his leadership, I was able to gain confidence and eventually begin to run major parts of the tournaments by myself. I attribute my growth and initiative to a lot of his teachings. I would be lucky to have someone like him when I enter the real world.

  47. Prior to reading 4 Things To Look for In A Mentor by Ashira Prossack, I knew only of the importance that having a mentor can play in one’s success. Evidently, it is very clear to anyone who is just beginning their journey in college or the job force that having a mentor is extremely crucial, and if not the most important factor in one’s success. Not many are able to be put into a new environment and seemingly figure out everything they need to know on their own. This is where having a mentor comes into play. For example, if someone is very close to graduating college and earning their bachelor’s degree, they will likely have a mentor who pursued a similar career path or has been in their shoes at one point in time. A mentor is essentially someone who has experienced the same journey as yours and is very knowledgeable and experienced in that field, and willing to share that knowledge with you. Mentors will be able to help guide you in the right direction and even help you through the rough patches you may face. Finding the right mentor though is no easy task, but the things to look for in a mentor as noted by Ashira Prossack can make that process slightly less difficult. The main thing I would emphasize about when looking for a mentor is finding someone who has the right expertise and is also trustworthy. This is very crucial because you never want to have a mentor who is not experienced since that can have the possibility of leading you down the wrong path. Your mentor should be very knowledgeable on the journey you are going through so that they can direct you accordingly. Trust is also very important to have between your mentor because without trust you will not have the confidence to approach that person and tell them the things that may be going wrong. I am also currently in the process of finding a mentor for myself and reading this article has helped me take note of what I should be looking for. I can truthfully say that upon reading this article I feel much more confident about finding the right mentor for me.

  48. I have always loved the idea of a mentor but never had the opportunity to have one. A few years back at a company I worked for, having a mentor was encouraged and there was an entire process in HR dedicated to it. At the time, I was not in college and had no degree, so climbing the corporate ladder and having a mentor seemed impractical.

    Over the years I have met a small number of people who I thought would bring out the best in me, challenge me, and whom I admired for their integrity. As a middle-aged woman who has been in the workforce for more than 20 years, I could certainly mentor someone myself! But as a current student and career changer I would be thrilled to be able to learn from someone who could help make me successful in a new job and give me a new perspective.

    I think laying out the criteria I want a mentor to meet is not really practical; as the article states, it seems compatibility and contrast plays an equal role in having a successful mentor/mentee relationship.

    Another benefit to having a mentor is establishing a professional relationship with someone who not only mentors you, but who can be a solid source for others who might be interested in promoting you or for other professional endeavors. Wouldn’t it be nice to learn from someone and be recommended or referred by them!

  49. I think that having a mentor is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself as a person and not only does it help grow you into a new and better person but in turn you help your mentor learn a lot too. Finding someone that is compatible with you as a person is important so that you can really generate chemistry and get to know each other so when talking about experiences you can be guided in the right direction with your skills and thoughts in mind. Compatibility is a key part and in my personal experience I have had a mentor and I felt that it wasn’t a great experience only because me and my mentor weren’t really compatible and my mentor wasn’t really there to help me improve as a person but instead was there because they were required to be there for me and raise me up to meet a few certain requirement and when those requirements were fulfilled he just didn’t help much any longer. I know others who have mentors that have helped them through tough life times in work plenty and this has helped them become a better person and adapt to the challenges. When the compatibility factor is met that’s when the trust aspect the article talks about comes in. Without the compatibility the trust with the other person cant really be made because openness and honesty come with knowing the other person is like you. Trust and being open with the mentor is the best because if they know how you think they can adjust how they work with you around the way you think. They can guide you in better ways so that you can make better life decisions through your thoughts. Contrast is good for the relationship as the article states because everyone needs to be able to have a broad perspective on life. Knowing the way other people are brought up is important to understanding and relating to them. It may be uncomfortable at first for someone for instance to be younger but if they are then you have a new outlook on life where you can relate to the understanding of those brought up in the current times who might just know a little more about new life things then you. That knowledge doesn’t come without expertise of course because they cant teach and guide you if they haven’t gone through it themselves or had a very close experience with whatever the issue is.

  50. After reading Ashira Prossack’s article on Forbes, I realize how important it is to have a mentor guiding you on your path to success. Prossack describes the four things everyone should look for when choosing a mentor: compatibility, contrast, expertise, and trust. Finding a mentor that you can generate chemistry with will change your experience and outlook on your desired profession. Having too much compatibility in this case has its pros and cons. One pro is that almost ninety-nine percent of the time the two of you will agree on the proper procedures to solving a problem. A con would be that just that; you are exactly like your mentor. What makes you stick out from everybody else? You would not gain any new knowledge or insight within your career. However, having too little compatibility is not entirely terrible. This theory leads into the second thing Prossack believes you should look for within a mentor: contrast.
    I agree with the author when she says your mentor should not be within your comfort zone. Whether they are younger than you or a different gender, be open to any option you are given. Having a mentor that provides a different perspective can help you excel further into your career. I believe this is the best way to learn and grow because if you diversify yourself and obtain other knowledge that you did not know, you will be set apart from the competition. Due to this, it is important to find a balance between chemistry and contrast. Too much or too little of either can cause problems within the relationship with your mentor.
    The next trait you should look for within a mentor is their level of expertise. Usually a person’s definition of expertise includes a person who has been in their field of study the longest or the highest executive in a company. In this case, choosing a person who fits that definition is not what Prossack wants you to do. She tells us instead that, “It’s about finding a mentor with the knowledge and expertise to help you on your journey”. Sure, the credentials of a long running, top company executive look great on paper, but what would be the benefit if they cannot teach you anything? Look for someone who has experienced it all, the good and bad, within your chosen field. That person will be the real teacher because they have been through the challenging times and know how to solve a problem, rather than pushing it off to the next guy down the line. The challenges they once faced could potentially be challenges you are currently experiencing. Because of this, it is important to trust your mentor in these trying times.
    Trust is the last factor Prossack states about mentors in her article. It is important to have someone to confide in and be able to tell things too on a professional level. However, both yourself and the mentor have to be able to trust each other in order to establish a real relationship and move forward in learning.

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