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A mentor is someone whose knowledge and experience the mentee respects and someone whose wisdom and know-how can support the professional growth and development of the mentee. Often this is a boss, professor or other nonprofit leader who the mentee has already met, but sometimes a mentor can be someone who is not known to the mentee. Mentors do not necessarily need to be the most senior person at an organization or within the field; the right mentor depends on what knowledge the mentee hopes to gain.
If you dont have an idea about who to ask to be your mentor, find organizations that work in the area youre interested in and look to their leaders. Asking to do something as simple as getting a coffee together can be very successful, Williams said.
Another great way to engage a mentor is to collaborate on a project that is of interest to both parties. Choose something that supports your potential mentors work and ask for some help putting it together, Williams suggested. This way, you are both invested in completing a goal together that can lead to a deeper relationship during the process.
In business, you will find that sound career advice can come from a multitude of different places. People who have different educations, career paths, and leadership styles can often speak wisdom into your life because of those differences. I would encourage you to think more about the skills you wish to improve and ask questions about those skills. Then you don't box yourself into such a small subset of potential mentors. Consider changing your tactic from making a statement to asking a question - which is more inviting to conversation.
A few questions for you to think about -
How do you plan on entering the business analyst world - there are quite a few paths: finance, engineering, IT, MBA?
What type of business do you work with? Manufacturing, Service, Financial, Banking, Software, etc?
What type of problems do you want to identify and improve?
Have you studied Six Sigma methodology for analysis and improvement of business processes?
Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
You should go through the registration process and sign up as a mentee since we have a variety of mentors who can help you with this specific endeavor.