The 20s can be the most confusing and daunting time of your life. You are just starting to learn how to adult with your new job in a new city with new friends. The uncertainty of the future can often surround you like a dark cloud during the boring weekends, those times when you feel like you are not making any real impact, and those times you see your friends seeming to move forward and you want to as well. Finding a mentor to help during those times of uncertainty is greatly valuable.
Think of a mentor as a friend except they are much older and had a successful trajectory in their career. You feel inspired and admire them the most in your life after your parents. I have had amazing mentors throughout my career who were able to uplift me during the toughest times in my life. I have been fortunate to find them as my co-workers, managers, and advisors but not many people are able to find the right mentors. I wanted to share my cup of wisdom in how to look for the right mentor and the kind of things you can talk to your mentor about:
When you seek out a mentor, most likely, you will run into different kinds of people. It is important to always take your time to see if there is a good fit between what you would like out of a mentor and what they could give. Trust your gut more than anything in these decisions. If you feel like nobody is matching your expectations, keep looking because once you find the mentor you are looking for you will very quickly, realize your life has changed for the better.