Career Mentoring

Career Mentoring is Key for Success

You only know as much as you know. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Most people do not acknowledge this, especially those struggling to succeed in life. However, once this fact is acknowledged, there is an opportunity to step outside yourself and seek the help of another to further your professional life. That outside person is a mentor. Role Models and Fresh Perspectives According to the American Society for Training and Development, 75% of executives say mentoring is an important element for career development. We are social creatures after all, so turning to a trusted advisor who provides valuable knowledge, insight and encouragement can be an essential element for professional success. Why? Because a good mentor will “tell it to you straight”, while encouraging you to be better. However, do not mistake a mentor for someone that has all the answers and whose job it is to tell you what to do. You must fully engage, by being honest with yourself and sharing those insights with your mentor, and most importantly fully listening to your mentor by asking questions. In other words, a beneficial mentoring relationship involves give and take. Overall, mentors are career coaches who help you make decisions and...

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