Published Sept. 7, 2019
Helping people grow is what we like to do. People on MentorCruise use their mentor for a vast variety of things. The most popular direction: Career mentorship. In this post, we are outlining what a career mentor can do for you, and finally – how to get one.
Career mentors tend to be in a full-time position somewhere in the industry. It’s usually not their first gig – they’ve been there for a bit and tend to know how the industry works, have interviewed at companies several times, and might even be hiring managers themselves.
As a mentor, they have the power to give you inside knowledge in how an industry works, and what kind of opportunities are out there. If you’re looking to leverage or gain a specific skillset, they are also the kind of people who know what’s needed to become career-ready.
If you’re matching up with a career mentor, they will most likely help you shape your skills and portfolio to be able to enter the career you want (or grow in the one you are in), they are able to prepare you for the hard questions and long interview processes, and might even be able to leverage their network to expose you to more opportunities.
Most knowledge-based industries are insanely competitive. In the US alone, there are 67 million graduates in STEM degrees right now, with around 9 million jobs opening up every year. These numbers don’t say much, and this doesn’t mean that you’re competing with all graduates in the US for every job, but you’ll most likely never be the only qualified applicant for a job.
A career mentor can help you to become differentiable, prepare you for the needs and requirements of the industry, and both leverage your existing skillset and build new skills with you, so that you stand out.
If you’re looking to grow in your own career, switch careers, or simply are looking for a better job in your industry, a career mentor could be the thing you need.
We briefly went over this in the previous paragraphs, but just to summarize:
This might be obvious, and we might be biased, but we believe we’re not doing a horrible job matching people with a matching mentor. We’ve been doing this for a while now, and over 500 people don’t lie: Our mentorships are being rated 4.7 out of 5.
However, we totally get that doing this our way is not an option for everyone. We might miss somebody who fits your image, or you might not be ready to pay for a mentorship, so here are a few other sources you could get mentorship from:
Actually convincing others to mentor you can be difficult though, and is usually an artform in itself. We like our way – picking & signing up with anyone you’d like – but that doesn’t work in real life.
Mentorships in the “real world” are usually formed informally. So just pick who you’d learn from, and send them a few messages. Tell us how it develops!