Pick Your Mentors, Don’t Wait for Them To Pick You










We don’t necessarily work with the same people our whole lives anymore but even with the way we change jobs today, you will be surprised how people come back to you over and over again. Don’t burn bridges. Don’t dismiss people who you don’t see as helpful to your career now. Do align yourself with mentors early and often as this 40-something suggests.


I remember a boss saying to me, “You’re going to run into the same circle the rest of your life. You’re going to work with many of these same people or they’re going to influence your career for the rest of your life.” I thought, “Yeah, whatever.” But they do. There are 6 or 7 people that have driven my career. That was one piece of advice that was very wise. Early on in your career, when you’re young, pick the people that you want to mentor you through your professional life. Pick the people that you know can help you. Not in a manipulative, calculated way. Who you admire? Who do you aspire to be? Hook your wagon to them because they’ll pull you through. – 40-something, defense industry, wife, mom, Phoenix, AZ

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