ESSENCE Poll: How Do You Choose a Mentor?

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Having a mentor has changed over the years from someone who sponsors you to someone who believes in your acheivement.

When we were in high school, having a mentor usually came in the form of an older student who gave us their inside tips and tricks for success. 

Today, mentors are still built around the same principles, but instead of just giving out advice, mentors can facilitate resources for success and empowerment. Senator Kristen Gillibrand's new book Off The Sidelines talks a lot about finding empowerment in the women around us through communities, organizations and political positions. 

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And modern day mentoring isn't just for women. Steve Harvey's Mentoring Camp is all about facilitating fatherless young men with resources on everything from "personal responsibility, dream buidling and the importance of nutrition and physical fitness." 

But if you don't have a celeb mentor, like most of us, we want to know: How do you choose a mentor? Is it based on their success in your field? Do you pick them because you admire their personal success, no matter the field? Did you meet them through a networking event? Or do you connect with potential mentors on social media? Take our poll and let us know how you choose your mentor.

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How do you choose a mentor?
I admire their success story.
They have the job I want.
Through a networking event.
We connect on social media.
Other, tell us in the comments.
Total votes: 126

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