There are two ways to start a mentorship.
You can let it grow naturally, or you can ask for it.
Personally, I let my mentorships grow naturally. I view a mentorship as a mixture of a professional relationship and a “friendship”. Therefore, while you can specifically seek out a professional to be your mentor and build a relationship with them, you can’t really ask for a friendship.
I know others have found success in asking a professional to be their mentor formally. They find someone who they look up to, who they think would serve as a good mentor, and they just ask them.
What do you think? Should you ask a professional to be your mentor or should you let your mentorships grow naturally?