Ask Vicki: What do mentors do for people?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi explains how a mentor can bring you to new heights in your career.
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Q. What do mentors do for people?
A. Mentors offer a lot. For starters, they’re your sounding board. When you need to vent about your boss or need insight about how to ask for a promotion, they’re your go-to person. They’ve been there, done that, and they’re in your corner.
Aside from sharing their wisdom, mentors can offer perspectives you may not be able to see. Maybe you’re passionate about a new project and you don’t recognize it, but they see that spark in your eye. They can point out your strengths and weaknesses, and offer suggestions as to how you might improve your skill set.
They can also open doors for you by tapping in to their network and helping you score informational interviews and potential job leads.
Finding the right mentor is key, and it’s okay if you outgrow them. It’s also normal to have more than one. Seek out a mentor and be open to all they have to teach you.
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