Do you have a mentor inside your organization?
Mentors are an important factor cited in study after study on career success. If you are committed to your career success, you should not ignore the power of mentoring.
I’m not talking about waiting for your organization to tap you on the shoulder and offer you a place in a formal mentoring program (if it even has one). A mentor can be formal or informal, long-term or short-term, broad or narrow-focused. Yes, I’m using the term ‘mentor’ very broadly.
Formal mentoring programs can offer fantastic opportunities for growth, but what if the tap never comes? And, even if it might some day, why wait? Whether you use formal or informal channels, make having a mentor from inside your organization a priority.
Having mentors inside your organization is important because they are operating in the same world you are. They will be more familiar with the corporate culture, policies and processes, which can be of great help to you in navigating them. They also may end up serving as an advocate for you internally, and goodness knows, we can never have too many advocates.