Sunday, April 15, 2007

Work with a Mentor -- Fast Track Your Career

When asked what was the one thing that really helped make the difference in her career, many successful business women reply, "Having a mentor."

Here's some tips on how to get the most from a mentoring relationship. And remember, you can be a mentor at any age and at any level of achievement. Paying it forward is the right thing to do.

Thanks to for these tips.

Here's a few tips for those who want to work with a mentor:

Find a mentor:
  • Look for role models (who would you like to be in 5 -10 -15 years?)
  • Women leaders are not always easy to find. Ask around.
  • Consider women you know, your parents know, your teachers/professors. Maybe ask the chamber of commerce, HR department of companies, look into professional organizations.

Figure out what to work on:

  • Identify your goals
  • Brainstorm stepping stones to get to your goal.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. Make a list.

Pay it Forward:

  • Plan to become a mentor yourself.
  • Look for someone like you (15 - 10 -5 years younger)
  • Share what you learned so far.
  • Don't be afraid to learn from them too!

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