Mentorship & networking with authenticity

FIND A GOOD MENTOR
If possible, find several mentors. A mentor a couple years older than you can give you the benefit of their experience while they are not too far removed from your shoes. An older mentor has greater reserves of experience and can often see farther. Build a relationship with your mentors. The more you invest in your mentoring relationships, the better your mentors know you and the better they can help you.

NOT JUST WHAT YOU CAN GET
The older you get, the more quickly you can tell when someone is just out to sell you something or to use you to network up to the next person (and I’m not even that old). On the other hand, people can really tell when you’re doing something authentically and will want to help you. This also goes in the mentoring context — if you’re authentically looking for help and direction, people will want to help you.
— Brown University alum '09, International Relations, Harvard Law JD '14