The number one piece of advice I always share with new hires is find a mentor! I’ve been super fortunately to be blessed with several formal and informal professional mentors. Most recently, these mentors have helped me navigate the turmoil after our team reorg – and I don’t know where I’d be without them! For those of you who are looking for a mentor, I have a few tips and tricks below:
- Keep in mind, your mentor doesn’t have to be in your industry, on your team, or part of your company! Look at people who you admire, whether it’s their organizational skills, their leadership skills, or their knowledge in your field/industry. You can learn from anyone. One of my mentors is in HR, while another is in production for a television network. Both have given awesome advice, especially since they’re removed from the situation.
- Don’t be afraid to ask, but remember people are busy. There has to be something in it for them! I’ve reached out to folks in other departments with the intent of promoting synergies in our large company – and gaining an awesome mentor for me! Think about what you can offer your mentor, whether it’s a unique perspective or an opportunity to tap into a different demographic.
- Join different organizations! When I first moved to Atlanta, I joined WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications). Through the WICT organization, I’ve met so many people. As an added bonus for some of you more shy folks – lots of organizations host different events that help you network! What’s better than that?
While some of these may be a little self-explanatory, I hope they helped. I don’t know where I’d be without my amazing mentors!