For the longest time, I thought having a mentor meant a formal, long-term relationship with someone older and wiser in my industry. And while that is one definition, I’ve learned from the conversations in Connect: Professional Women’s Network that it’s a narrow one. In reality, mentoring relationships can be casual conversations with a colleague or someone you’re in an organization with or even learning from a stranger whose work you admire.

To celebrate National Mentoring Month, we’ve compiled some of the best advice from the members of Connect on where you can find a mentor and what to look out for. The process doesn’t have to be a big ordeal or a huge time commitment, and you might be surprised to find that you already have a mentor.

What ways have you found a mentor?