A workplace mentor is usually someone who previously held your position or has been with the company for a while. They are there to smooth your transition between a life of people telling you what to do and independent adulthood.
Mentorship doesn’t have to be super formal — it’s just someone who has your back. They might share tricks or techniques they’ve used, help you fit into the culture, or show you next steps.
If there’s no one at work who fits that bill for you, consider reaching out to the local chamber of commerce. They often have community members who serve as mentors. They won’t have had your actual job, but they will have plenty of experience and perspective to share.
Having someone on your side can make a big difference when you’re starting out — and these relationships can last a lifetime.