You finally gathered up enough courage to ask a mentor, or potential mentor, for a cup of coffee. The pressure is mounting. You’re sweating, a lot; there aren’t enough Starbucks napkins in the world to dry your palms.
And just when you think you have enough time to hit the restroom again, she strolls up to your table holding an Americano with two pumps of hazelnut in one hand – and years of experience in the other…
Looking for a new direction in your job search this summer? Attempting to expand your personal network after graduation? Struggling with career decisions? Been-there-done-that career advice and mentorship may be closer and easier than you thought.
When was the last time you tapped your alumni network?
Did you ever wonder if you were cut out for networking? That maybe you, and those you already know, might not be able to offer your network much in return for what you gain from them?
I used to have the same feelings at times. So today we’ll discuss the secret to consistently offering real value to those in your network…
We all know that one person we really want to meet; someone who works for a brand we admire, a blogger or someone we know from a past internship or volunteer job. Whoever it is, your career would benefit by having that person in your corner.
Today, you are going to reach out to that person… by becoming a world-class stalker.
to truly harness business success, it really does take a village. You need outside perspectives to stay balanced and develop an holistic view of your business.
In order to keep growing my own support network, I started grouping my mentors and advisors into four distinct categories. This trick helps me make sure I always get advice from individuals varying in age, gender, socioeconomic status, and other demographics — thus opening the door to new conversations and perspectives.
Below are the four main categories I’ve identified, and where YOU can start looking for an advisor in each:
If you are a college student, recent graduate or young professional perhaps you’ve become aware that mentorship – and curating mentor relationships – has become a critical element in your career development.