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What can a mentor do for me?

A mentor is someone with business experience, who can become a trusted confidant to you over an extended period of time. Based on his/her background, they may be able to answer business questions, offer advice and help you resolve challenges — or simply offer career advice.

How do I find a mentor?

Know yourself and what you want to achieve from the mentoring relationship, and be proactive and deliberate in your search. Keep an open mind as your mentor may not even be in the same business as you but has knowledge of the skills you want to adopt or has dealt with similar challenges.

How do I start a relationship with a mentor?

In your mentor request, define your business idea or challenge in the easiest way possible for your mentor to understand and define two or three goals that you hope to achieve. The following is a sample mentor request:

What should I do when I get a response to my mentor request?

Introduce yourself and spend some time getting to know each other. Ask questions to get a better understanding of your mentor’s business background and share more information on your business or idea. Remember to be courteous and professional in all of your communication.

How often should I talk to my mentor?

Each relationship is different, and we recommend setting expectations on frequency and form of communication during the early stage of your relationship. This will help both you and your mentor better understand how and how often you will talk to each other. Be honest about how much time you think it would take to fulfill your goals and how often you will be able to access your email.

What if my matched mentor is not a good fit for me?

In order to build a successful relationship, it is important to spend time to get to know each other and to clearly outline goals and expectations for the mentoring relationship. If you or your mentor decide that you are not able to meet your outlined objectives, be kind and courteous to end the relationship and submit another mentor request.

What if I need help with my match?

Your mentoring communication should always maintain a professional and courteous tone. If you ever need additional help, please email support.

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