Share your stories of inspiring mentors at work

Whether you’re a digital artist or a pilot, share your stories of those who spurred on your career

Ian McKellan as Gandalf in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Gandalf is one of the most notable fictional mentors … share your stories of the people who have most inspired and guided your career. Photograph: Handout/Reuters
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Whether you’re a professional musician or a rocket scientist, chances are that there’s been someone in your career who’s helped inspire and guide you. From an old boss to a university professor or family friend, having a mentor can be invaluable to your personal and professional development. We want to hear your stories about inspiring mentors whose knowledge and advice has proved instrumental to your career.

How did you go about getting a mentor – did they approach you or did the relationship happen naturally? How often are you in contact? How has having a mentor impacted your career – has it increased your confidence and improved your work? What kind of advice have they given you? Whether it was for a short spell or you’re still being mentored, we want you to share your experiences of having a mentor.

We will bring together our favourites to be published on the Guardian Careers site. The contributions we pick will also be shared across our social media channels.

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