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  • Writer's pictureCaleb Jost

Level-Up With A Mentor

As an early-career professional, you likely have new ideas and fresh perspectives that will help your organization succeed. But reaching a position within your company where your ideas are heard and respected is challenging.

Mentorship can be a considerable career accelerator. A Harvard Business Review study found that mentorship helped 84 percent of participants gain proficiency in their roles faster than their peers without a mentor. Speaking from experience, I have benefited from the mentorship of a charismatic military leader, a technical wizard in engineering seismology, and a brilliant entrepreneur who led a consulting company by genuinely investing in his people. The lessons I learned from these great leaders sharpened my skills and accelerated my career with an above-average promotion rate. Exposure to their vast network of people and ideas ultimately gave me the standing and the confidence to start my own company.

Sometimes this mentor-mentee relationship happens organically, but one mistake that many early-career professionals make is waiting for it to happen. Why leave your career to chance? The fastest way to get what you want is simply to ask, but this can be intimidating because the most valuable mentors are in high demand with limited free time.

If you are prepared to take your career to the next level through mentorship, it’s time to put the insecurity aside and make it happen. My simple strategy can make finding the right mentor an easy and rewarding experience.


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