I need a mentor for my career as well as life in general.

Friday July 12 2019

Moses Ssesanga

Moses Ssesanga 

By Moses Ssesanga

I need a mentor for my career as well as life in general.
What criteria do I use to pick one? Conrad

Dear Conrad,
When shopping for a mentor the focus should be on finding that person with the following skills:
1. Mentor as a coach: Mentees most times need help to think through their challenges. A good coach doesn’t solve problems for you.
He listens and asks questions that help you get to the bottom of your challenges. He may suggest new perspectives on a problem to broaden your horizons.
2. Mentor as a successful star: Find a mentor who has succeeded in the career that you are pursuing. Get to know how they operate, what they think about, what they do and how they engage with other people and how they prepare for big events.
3. Mentor as a connector: Find a mentor who knows the right people you will benefit from and then build up your own list of vital contacts.
A valuable mentor should be able to make the introductions and provide connections to the needed resources.
4. Mentor as teammate: Find someone who understands you and where you are in your career journey. Many times you are not looking for a solution or a motivational speech just a listening ear and some validation to go through the day.
Find that teammate who will remind you that tomorrow is another day full of promise.
5. Mentor as advisor: A good mentor should teach you to fish and not to be served broiled trout. A good advisor should help you learn the ropes for success, not provide you with answers.
Your job is to learn to do your job better. You can’t do that when other people have solved problems for you.

Moses Ssesanga
Head Human Resource
NMG - Uganda