Recently, Certified Career Coach, Hallie Crawford, wrote an article for US News titled, “3 Ways to Find the Ideal Mentor for Your Career Transition”. The tips she provides in this article can help you find the best voice of wisdom when moving into another field.
Any type of career transition can be scary, even for the most confident of professionals. There is some element of risk required, and usually, an element of the unknown in what’s next and how to implement the transition. One of the biggest challenges that people in career transition face is trying to convince their families, friends, coworkers and the people who know them best that change is a good thing. Maybe you have decided on what you want to do but aren’t sure how to break the news to others. Perhaps you don’t know what you want to do and it seems even more daunting to tell them, knowing you will come across as uncertain and hesitant.
Regardless of whether you are certain about your direction or not, it can be difficult to reassure people you are headed on the path to success. And because sometimes you experience the most resistance to your ideas from the people who mean the most, having it feel like your main support system is caving in can affect how successful you are in your transition. Discouraging comments about your change can knock you off track completely; it can feel like the wind has been knocked out of you. Making a career change in any way can be scary and isolating. This is what makes having a mentor during a career change so important.
A mentor can be a critical element on your journey. They can provide reassurance but also sage advice about what to do next. A mentor can be anyone in your industry, a trusted family friend or a career coach. But the common denominator is that they are someone who knows what it’s like to be in transition, and how it feels to get to the other side. But how can you make sure that the mentor you choose is right for you? Before you start making a list of possible people you could approach and places to find a mentor, here are a few things to consider.