How to Find a Mentor [Student Edition]

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If you have access to a formal mentoring scheme through you university of LPC provider you will have direct access to someone in the profession to help out with providing a few words of wisdom (or more) in your training contract search. But what if you aren’t lucky enough to have a mentoring scheme to take part in… how do you find a mentor?

  1. 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.
  2.  Who do you know who could potentially act as a mentor? If you are struggling to think about who you might know who could mentor you – why not ask one of your existing contacts or law school/university colleagues for an introduction?
  3. Once you have identified a potential mentor – all you have to do is ASK?!

If you are asking someone who you don’t know that well for their personal time – start small. Ask for a short meeting or a coffee and have a specific objective in mind. Usually your mentor will have a lot of commitments and time pressures on their hands so it is important to be as flexible as you can be (they will appreciate this!). However,  don’t ask “Can you be my mentor?” – you will have lost before you have even begun – just ask for a chat/meeting. Start small.  Once you make this initial connection –  if the rapport is there and you found it useful – there should not be a problem in making a further request for some of the time for something else in the future.

Most importantly don’t forget to be enthusiastic about your mentor’s help and say thank you for the help they are giving.

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