Having a mentor brings big impacts to your career and life. But in different periods and situation, you will need different support. So what type of mentor should you seek out and connect with in various phase of life?
Here are 6 types of mentors you could look for:
The idea of traditional mentor is the most closely relating to mentoring: An older, more experience person you know in a particular aspect. These 1-to-1 relationships can be formed through traditional mentoring programs or events that benefits both mentors and mentees in different perspectives.
A peer mentor is a coworker or friend who take the same responsibility, gain the similar position in society or have an equivalent experience as you, and they often meet comparable types of issues and situations as you do.
In this type of relationship, you are easily to understand the other point of view, share your own knowledge and skills, learn from each other and grow together in the long term.
An identity mentor is someone belonging to a particular group (e.g. veterans, new moms, immigrants) that you want to learn more about. They know clearly what you are being through, or they can help you get deeper insights about a group of people that you are not familiar to.
A practical mentor is someone who can give specific advices or support in a particular problem or situation. For more detail, you can get pragmatic advice and apply immediately to your work or life, especially in urgent situations that there is no time to consider and analyze carefully.
An aspirational mentor is someone inspiring you, especially in challenging moments. They can be at any level, background, social status, who possess qualities that you admire and take them as role models. In fact, they can be a famous artist, potitician, a business man or even a relative or neighbor.
A coping mentor is someone who can help you in metal aspects. They show you how to relieve stress or stand on your feet during hardships. These mentors are ideal listeners providing you a safe place to release your negative feelings and heal the vulnerabilities.
It is recommended to more than one mentor to gain diverse points of view, which is the base of a well-grounded development.