High School did not prepare me to pick a career. There were so many things I could have been good at. To choose one was to not choose a hundred others. I chose one path, discovered its pitfalls and changed to another. I couldn’t focus and not having a focus meant I did not have a goal. Looking back it would have helped to have criteria other than what I enjoyed doing or what I was good at. Those criteria would have been the salary potential, the job market, the cost and duration of education required the career trajectory and the sacrifices necessary to succeed.
If you have mentors who have been successful on a path similar to the one you foresee, they can tell you what they wished they had known, what shortcuts they found, about people you may want to know and how to get to know them, what additional skills you need and how to gain them. Mentors are the well of wisdom – don’t expect them to do all the work, bring your own bucket. Know you purposed and goals, and know how you will engage your mentor. Don’t forget to express your gratitude, and know when to transition the mentorship to its end or to an on-going friendship. Whether you are looking for a mentor or striving to be a mentor, in “UNLOCK YOUR NETWORKING POTENTIAL” I outline six steps to guide a successful mentor / mentee relationship.