Because coaching is so
effective, the personal coaching industry has seen tremendous growth in the past few
years. There are a lot of coaches on the market to choose from. If you know someone who
has had success with a particular individual or company, you may want to look there first.
Career coaches can be found by searching online or in the local phone book. Compare
the services and prices to determine what will work best for you, and make sure you are
working with a coach that has some proof of their success before signing up.
What a Mentor Can Do for You
A mentor is someone who has already succeeded at what you
want to do who is willing to help you in your career. Mentors are usually busy folks, so
they won't be available to work as closely as a career coach, but their advice and
assistance can be invaluable. Mentors will generally meet with you regularly to
impart information about their success, answer questions, and generally help you on your
career path. One of the most valuable things a mentor can do for you is open doors.
They have access to people and opportunities that you don't and can help to place
you in career-enriching situations by recommending you.
Finding a Mentor
Unlike a career coach, a mentor does not get paid for their
assistance. You can't look in the phone book and find someone who can be your mentor
this afternoon. A mentor is someone successful in your industry or company who likes you
and believes in you so much they are willing to put some time and work into helping you
succeed in your career. To find a good mentor, join industry and networking organizations and talk to people at
the events. It's also a good idea to get to know the executives at your own
company. When you find someone who can help and that you click with, ask if they
would be willing to mentor you for a while in your career growth. If you have a good
rapport, it's likely that they will be flattered and eager to help.
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