3 Tips for Finding the Right Mentor as an Engineer
Q: How can I find the right mentor as an engineer?
Welcome to episode #36 of Engineering Career TV. The theme for today’s episode is: 3 Tips for finding the right mentor as an engineer.
I spend almost all of the Engineering Career TV episodes answering questions that have been submitted by engineers around the world. The questions are typically focused on professional development for engineering professionals, especially relevant to practicing engineers.
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Let’s jump into today’s topic: 3 tips for finding the right mentor as an engineer. This topic is based on a question from Ron, who asks the following:
Q: I’m an electrical engineer with both my BS and MS degrees in engineering. I’m roughly five years into my professional career and it’s been extremely challenging for me to find great engineering mentors to help me develop and take my career to the next level. I’ve decided to start studying to get my PE license and having that career coaching and guidance from someone experienced within my specific field is what’s absent in my professional journey. What are some good tips for helping me connect with experts in my industry for a potential mentor/mentee relationship?
A: The full answer can be seen in the Engineering Career TV video above, but here are a few of the main points:
- Find somebody that might be invested in you in some way, shape, or form.
- Talk to someone in your professional association.
- Go back to your alumni association and more importantly your engineering alumni association if they have an engineering alumni association.
- Look for people in your field.
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I hope you found this episode of Engineering Career TV helpful.
What questions do you have about finding the right mentor as an engineer?
To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success