Want to Develop Your Career then Find The Right Mentor.
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Want to develop your career? Find the right mentor.
Many senior and executive job searchers cite utilising an impartial mentor as
one of the most invaluable resources when seeking their next career move.
A mentor is usually someone who has travelled the same career path and is one
step ahead on the career ladder; they pass on their firsthand experiences in
order to help you with your own career progression. A mentor is someone who is
there when you are in need – say, when facing redundancy – or even when things
are going well – when the offers are plentiful and the choice of what to do next
can seem somewhat overwhelming. If you are facing a crossroads in your career a
mentor will guide and support you with the knowledge gained from their own
Friends and family can provide a certain level of support and guidance but a
mentor is not a friend. A mentor’s distance and ability to be impartial is
indispensable when making important decisions relating to your career. You know
this person on a professional basis so the advice and criticism is easier for
them to give and easier for you to receive than if it was from someone close to
On many levels you must choose your own mentor, you must respect the decisions
they have made and trust that they will be honest with you and have the desire
to see you progress and do well. Your relationship must be mutually beneficial
and you must give as much as you receive whilst listening to what they have to
Coming across a mentor in your natural career world can prove difficult. The
relationship that you build is very different to a friend, or even a manager or
colleague, however, the need for someone who can provide this support can be
crucial when at a junction or feeling stunted in your career progression. If you
find yourself in need of a mentor you can enlist the help of a career coach.
A career coach may not have travelled the same career path as you but they will
have assisted many people like you, from a range of industries and backgrounds,
and will have a large network of contacts. What is more, you don’t have to give
anything back. The coach is working for you only, the relationship is purely
built on pushing your career forward and making the right decisions now, laying
the foundations for future opportunities.
About the Author
Personal Career Solutions have been operating in the career
outplacement field for over a decade and can provide professional input
into your career to make sure you are on the right
road. To meet with a consultant for a free, no obligation appraisal
or call 0844 880 6690 to speak to a representative.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2010-08-24 11:09:27 in Employee Articles