We’ve been thinking a lot about mentorship lately. The value of having someone who’s looking out for you; the power of an influencer advocating for your success.
The right mentor changes everything…
Twice a year, a 70-year-old Italian immigrant-turned-millionaire CEO walks into Cortese’s restaurant in Binghamton with his 20-something Haitian mentee and orders the same exact dinner: baked salmon, pork chops, Caesar salad with Italian crumbly and a side of gnocchi. While this scene sounds straight out of the movie “Finding Forrester,” it’s just a typical dinner with my long-standing mentor, Angelo Mastrangelo.
I can remember, just a few short years ago, when I would have done ANYTHING to get “unstuck”. I had “played the game” just like I’d been told. I went to school, picked a major that made sense, got good grades and followed the rules. (I can see you nodding your head in agreement with me — we’ve all been there.) But as college ended and the real world started to loom closer and closer, I had to admit…I was terrified. Why? Because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing… See, I knew how to operate within the system that had been
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…