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Q&A - Problem with a mentor
Q: I'm 26 years old, and have worked at the same large company for the past 7 years (internships during undergrad and then full time after completing my degree). There is a VP at my company who has always mentored me. He has been my sounding board on everything from work issues to project ideas during my MBA studies.
The relationship has always worked both ways. I've helped him out on projects when he has been in a resource crunch and he's always helped guide me on career decisions. Within the last year, he has become very removed from our mentor/mentee relationship. I'm confident that it's because of his increased responsibility and workload.
That said, do I need to look for a new mentor? Do you recommend developing multiple mentoring relationships so I don't get into this problem again? I feel like my mentor only takes an interest in my career when he's in one of those resource crunches. I know we're all busy, but I would like to think a good mentor makes time. In the context of your nepotism article, this person used to be good about the care element, but not anymore. Any suggestions?
A: I have many mentors, and you should, too. Be grateful for the relationship you have with each. Resentments or regrets are a waste of emotional energy.
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