Even after graduating school, you never stop learning. In fact, many might argue you learn more on the job than you ever did in the classroom. Regardless to which school of thought you subscribe, you need to constantly be learning new things to stay competitive in the job market. A great way to always stay up-to-date on all the new happenings in your perspective industry is to find a mentor.
This person could be a family member, close family friend or someone you meet a networking function. Don’t reach out to a complete stranger seeking mentorship. Try and find a mutual person that can introduce you to that person instead; it makes the process a lot less awkward. In the meantime, share that prospective mentor’s thoughts and content online. Chances are he or she is a thought leader and shares his or her ideas online. Follow share their ideas. Sooner or later they will notice who is a strong advocate of their ideas and work.
There is no definitive criteria that outlines what makes a good mentor. Mainly he or she needs to know how to provide advice at different points in your career whether it is during a job search or just seeking advice about how to handle a difficult work problem. If you choose wisely, mentors do not leave you. They are there as long as you are reaching out and can provide you advice and guidance throughout your entire career beyond just your job search.
In general, there are certain things you can do to make others want to mentor you.
Enjoy what you do and have a positive attitude.
Actively participate in all events and meetings.
Seek more responsibility even when it’s not asked of you.
In general, just be open to new ideas and helping the greater good of the company, not just your department.