The most valuable thing I have done in terms of my career is to surround myself with like-minded people in the industry and form … by them. Mentoring, as mentioned in my blog “Five reasons mentoring is beneficial to achieving your goals“, is imperative to ensure that you can achieve your career aspirations.
The best mentor/mentee relationships are ones in which the mentor is able to provide value to you both personally and professionally, and you should be able to provide them with value in return. You need to find someone who is in a similar or the same type of role you want to have and have them agree to mentor you.
So how do you actually get a career mentor?
- Attend University or Industry events. Attending university-run events like Careers Expos, or industry events run by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) or CPA Australia are great ways to get in front of potential employers.
- Apply for mentoring programs through your college or University. In South Australia the following programs are available:
- Reach out to people in your network via LinkedIn, or register for LinkedIn’s Career Advice feature. This will put you in touch with LinkedIn users you are leaders in their field.
If you need some help in working out what you’re looking for in a mentor, please feel free to shoot me a message.