Despite what some people might say (hello,聽crazy mentor myths!), a good mentor聽is like having a career angel who can shine a bright light on your bold ideas and tough work questions, like whether you should聽accept a job you don鈥檛 really want. While you might find a mentor聽in a more traditional聽place like an industry event, you can also find a go-to person in some seriously unlikely situations.聽Read on for our handful of suggestions, and don鈥檛 be afraid to strike up a conversation when you find yourself in one of these spots.


1. While Volunteering: An ongoing volunteer activity can attract a community of people who develop deep bonds with each other over time. Once you start sharing what you do from nine-to-five,聽you might uncover a fellow helper聽who is interested in your professional goals and can guide or advise聽you to meet them. You also never know who鈥檚 connected to whom, so don鈥檛 be surprised if newfound friendships lead to introductions too.

2. Where You Celebrate Your Faith:聽Churches, synagogues and other houses of faith, belief and worship boast diverse and bustling communities. Make the most of the group wisdom and experience by chatting up those you see on a regular basis. Don鈥檛 be shy about sharing your passions and the work you鈥檝e done or hope to do, either. Mentorship is a mutually beneficial relationship, so bring your energy and enthusiasm to the relationship right at the start.

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3. Facebook Group:聽Nowadays, Facebook Groups are major digital hubs of activity and draw people of all ages, interests and work experience. Try joining a few that are super specific to your聽industry or even something a bit more broad, like a group targeted toward women or careers. Chatting up fellow members and taking part in online discussions may help forge a bond with someone who can help you along.聽A total bonus: You鈥檒l feel great if you can help someone else out too. Remember to offer just as much (if not more) than you ask!

4. The Gym:聽We鈥檝e heard plenty of great stories from women who met their mentor at the gym or exercise class. Talking with people who enjoy the same physical activity that you do聽is a pretty authentic way to find someone who just might have taken a similar career path and would love to help you out with your challenges and dreams.


5. Social Event: Celebratory meals, showers, birthdays and weddings are a great place to chat with people who are just a few degrees outside of your immediate social circle. Because these kinds of events aren鈥檛聽professional by nature, people often share more personal details than they might otherwise. Use this to your advantage, and you just may connect with someone聽who wants to keep the conversation going after the event ends.

Do you have a mentor or several? Where did you meet them? Tweet us the deets @BritandCo聽so we can share them!


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