Why you may need a mentor if you are over 50 and how to find one

By SSPDaily editionJan 12, 2024 00:58 AMSociety
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There is an opinion that older people don't need advice because they have all the answers. It's true that wisdom comes with age, but it also comes with the realization that we don't know much.

That's why, according to the Mark Watch website, people over 50 need career guidance just like everyone else. Moreover, mentors not only give professional advice but also support, guide, and inspire.

Here are some ways an older person can find a mentor.

  • Determine why you need a mentor and what you hope to accomplish with their help.
  • Be flexible in your choice. Do not reject potential candidates just because they are younger than you or because their area of expertise does not match yours.
  • Find someone who is good at what you want to learn. If you feel uncomfortable approaching strangers, remember that few people are so successful that sincere admiration makes them irritated.
  • Attending alumni meetings is a great opportunity to network. Besides, people may feel more inclined to help their schoolmate than someone they don't know.
  • Use social media to find the help you need. You never know who knows someone who can connect you with your next teacher.
  • Attending networking events is a low-cost way to practice your social skills and hone your ability to make connections quickly.
  • Take courses. Your teacher may be working in a field you are currently interested in or may have retired after a long career in the field.
  • Check with your local senior center: many offer career assistance and mentoring programs.
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