The free-range scope of most mentoring engagements presents a time commitment that prevents having more than one or two protégés at a time. This puts suitable mentors in short supply for young workers.
To improve the likelihood of getting the best possible mentor, ask for a shorter engagement (think really short, as in, less than a month), or a micro-mentoring arrangement.
- Target the right person. Look for someone expert enough who hasn’t lost the ability to connect with someone at your level. Use your network of peers, your manager, or LinkedIn to find someone suitable.
- Be specific about what you hope to achieve. Set one or two targeted goals to focus on, identify ways to measure success, and define the time commitment. This will help you stand out in stark contrast to those asking for undefined mentorships.