How to find a Mentor [Solicitor Edition]

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You already have a job. You are already working as a solicitor. But you want to take your career to the next level and you are looking for a mentor who can help you achieve this. Let’s start by making a list of your goals and objectives – why do you want a mentor and how will you use a mentor? Once you know this you will have to consider who the ideal person for your mentor might be… and who you know who might fit these criteria.

This should at least start on an informal basis and 9 times out of 10 will happen naturally and might just need that extra gentle nudge in the right direction. In most cases your mentor should be:

  • someone you are already working with (doesn’t have to be on a daily or even regular basis but you should know each other).
  • someone you have already demonstrated potential to.
  • someone on you can communicate with and feel comfortable talking to.
  • someone who is ahead of you in the legal profession – whether they are a partner, a senior associate, someone you admire or someone who inspires you.
  • someone who will find it a mutually rewarding and beneficial experience to mentor you.

start working on those relationships now.