How should I go about finding a mentor?
Mentoring is a supportive professional relationship, where a more experienced colleague (mentor) advises and guides someone who is less experienced (mentee). An effective mentoring relationship is based on trust, and provides a means to explore career pathways, clarify goals, and broaden your knowledge and skills. Mentees also report that having a mentor has helped them grow in confidence and feel more inspired about their career, motivating them to become more proactive in their personal and professional development.
Before you approach anyone, reflect on what type of mentoring you would like. Do you need guidance from senior doctors in the specialty you are interested in, advice from medical students in the years above, or support during transition periods—such as moving from university to foundation school? If your relationship with your personal tutor is helpful, you may also want to consider developing a more formal mentoring arrangement with them.