Asking someone to be your mentor is serious stuff – but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from it. Sending an email might feel cold and a little awkward, especially if your prospective mentor sits 3 metres away from you, but an email is definitely your best bet – it gives them time to digest the proposal and they won’t feel like you put them on the spot.
Will you be my mentor?
As you know, I’ve reached a stage in my career where I want to [specialise in XXX/ move into management/ take my skills to the next level].
I’ve always admired the way you handle yourself as a professional and deeply respect your [incredible knowledge of XXX/management style], so I was wondering whether you’d be willing to mentor me.
I’d love to [summary of what you’d like out of the mentorship, e.g. shadow you once a week during XXX task/assist you with XXX project/catch up with you once a month to get feedback on XXX].
I understand that this isn’t a small request, so please take your time to think about it. Please also know that I take this proposal very seriously. As a mentee, I promise to be open to feedback, as I am very keen to work on my weaknesses.
I’d also be keen to help out with [insert specific project] as a way to build my skills and reciprocate the time and effort I know you’d put into being my mentor.
If you’d like to chat, let’s grab a coffee whenever you’re free =)
Looking forward to hearing from you.