It is vital for young people working in Forensic Psychology to find a professional mentor to guide them in their path through this highly competitive field. However, this is easier said than done. If you’d like a few tips to help you find a mentor, read on.
The Best Strategies for Finding a Professional Mentor
Many young business people are eager to find an experienced mentor that can help guide them in the early stages of their career. More and more young people understand the value that access to a more experienced professional can give them, which will help set them apart in today’s competitive Forensic Psychology landscape. However, many of those that are interested in finding a mentor do not know how to go about this process. While there is a great deal of information for those that want to become mentors, less information is available for people who want to be mentored. This article will present several strategies that will help people find a mentor, and ensure that the mentor they have found is the correct one for them.
Specifying Exactly What One Wants in a Mentor
Perhaps the most important strategy for finding a mentor has nothing to do with the actions of the mentor themselves. The person seeking a mentor should write down all of the qualities they are looking for in a mentor. This will help them find the right person for them, the mentor that will challenge them and push them in the way most beneficial to their career. Also, if the prospective person to be mentored (mentee) knows exactly what they are looking for, they can be proactive in their search. Often, people looking to mentor others don’t know who would be receptive to this sort of relationship. Some people may take a suggestion of a mentor-mentee relationship differently than it was intended. However, when a prospective mentor is approached by a prospective mentee, they usually take it as a compliment (even if they’re not interested in being a mentor). Such an approach may even inspire someone who was not already looking to be a mentor.
Be Open to a Mentor From Any Walk of Life
The natural instinct of many young psychologists is to look for mentorship from those higher up in their own organization. While this is completely understandable, as these people have the most directly related experience, the mentor-mentee relationship is about more than the transfer of knowledge. The development of character is also very important for those looking to be mentored. While respected psychologists within one’s own organization can make good mentors, experts advise young psychologists to look at members of other organizations. Many successful psychologists state that their closest mentors were found within other fields, an area that young psychologists often overlook for professional mentoring.