{Business Cents} Every Woman Should Have a Professional Mentor

I know that everyone can benefit from a mentor-mentee relationship; however, I believe it’s even more imperative that every woman has a professional mentor…and a good one at that!   While I know it is easy to assign that “role” to a public figure like Oprah, it is likely more beneficial to you and your career if you find someone who is actually willing to spend time with you.  It was about four years ago when I realized for myself how important this type of mentorship can be.  As I was transitioning careers, I decided to form a “dream team” of coincidentally women mentors.    My theory was that alone, each of them had an ability or network that the other did not, but together they formed a diverse and complete dream team.Professional Mentors and Why Every Career Woman Should Have One from Top Atlanta Blogger, Danielle YB Vason of She Makes Cents

Things to Consider When Finding Your Mentor

  • Does your mentor have the time to spend with you? This, in my opinion, is the most important.  I had a great dream team of movers and shakers, but it was also so very hard for some of them to squeeze me into their schedules.  Although the intentions are good, you aren’t gaining anything from this relationship if you aren’t even spending time with them.

  • Is this someone who will hold you accountable? For you to truly succeed, you need to have someone who is so concerned about your goals and career path, that they aren’t afraid to be bluntly honest, call you on your “stuff” and maybe even kick your butt, if needed. 

  • Are you learning tools that will help you get to where you want to be? The lessons may not always be explicit or intentional, but you have to be able to decipher how you can use what you are learning to thrive without compromising your character or integrity.

  • Are they respected in their field/company/community?  I learned the importance of this when I was conducting a cattle call of interviews on a panel with other choreographers in Atlanta.  A number of the young dancers assumed that their relationships with their mentors would help give them the extra edge.  So dancer after dancer took the “opportunity” to name drop not truly understanding the reputation of their mentors in the industry.  The lesson I learned: Just because your mentor is known, doesn’t mean that they are respected.  What Traits Do You Look for in A Career Mentor? from She Makes Cents

3 thoughts on “{Business Cents} Every Woman Should Have a Professional Mentor

  1. I was wondering where you found your mentors? I have too realized I need a mentor. I graduated college last May and am still trying to find employment.

    1. My “dream team” consisted of a professor from school (it is always smart to maintain a relationship with at least one), a close friend who worked outside of my industry, and a co-worker who was an Associate at the firm I worked at… s/n she is now a Partner!

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