9 tips for a successful mentor/protégé relationship

Have a mentor? It could help further your career. It also could prove rewarding to be a mentor. Before you jump in, consider this advice.

They probably matter more than most other influences in your professional life. Everyone needs career help, regardless of age or experience. Having a mentor (or a few) and learning how to mentor someone else are crucial parts of becoming a well-rounded professional.

Countless times, mentors have helped make a significant different in my career, and I know I’m not alone in saying that.

But it wasn’t until I became a mentor that I understood its value for someone else. It’s “networking” taken a step further. It’s two people investing in their mutual success.

Sydney Owen and Aaron Strout led a great discussion at SXSW called Road Rules for Mentorship (What’s Appropriate and What’s Not). They’ve been in a mentoring relationship for several years.

In some ways, they’re an ideal example of what successful mentorship looks like. Throughout the discussion, several key things stuck out as crucial to the success of this type of relationship.

Think about the following points and suggestions as you work on developing your own mentor/protégé relationship.

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