You’ve heard of the wonders of having a mentor—but unfortunately, they don’t grow on trees. So, where’s a busy professional supposed to find one?

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be rocket science. In fact, you can kick off your search with these eight places. And, tell you what, if you find the right person, this may just be the best thing to happen to your career. At least this week.

  1. Whether it’s a panel, keynote, or mixer, heading to an industry event can introduce you to all sorts of interesting and accomplished people. (Hubspot)
  2. Awesome mentors should know where you’re coming from—and who better to know that than someone who attended the same college? Check out upcoming alumni shindigs to scout out great contacts. (TheLadders)
  3. LinkedIn groups are a wonderful way to meet people, especially those willing to give advice. Your new favorite advisor could be just a few clicks away. (Constant Contact)
  4. Take to Twitter to find the one. There’s nothing quite like sharing common interests over the internet. (Social Media Examiner)
  5. Join or create a networking group to connect with like-minded people. (Entrepreneur)
  6. Ask for an email introduction from a friend or professional contact. Just make sure you do it the right way. (Medium)
  7. On that note, don’t be afraid to simply ask your friends who they think would be great for you. (Careerealism)
  8. If you haven’t yet, see why networking brunches are an awesome way to meet potential mentors. (The Daily Muse)

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