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The 3 Career Mentors Everyone
Mentor #1: You in One Year
• Think about your short-term career goals: Where do
you want to be at this time next year? Look for a
person who’s currently there, and seek her out to be
your "where I want to be in a year" mentor. Ideally, this
person is someone who’s been in your shoes and can
easily relate to your current experiences.
• This type of mentor is great when you need advice on
the little things, like the best way to approach a
project. And, especially if she works within your
company, she can give you the insider scoop on who
you should know and what specific tasks you should
take on to get to the next level.
Mentor #2: Your Five-Year Guide
• While a one-year mentor is great for the day-to-day
stuff, it’s also good to have a "where I want to be in five
years" mentor. With a bit more experience under her
belt, this person can offer you advice on advancing
within your company or field, including the short-term
goals you should be setting in order to get there.
• When you’re seeking out this person, look at mid- to
senior-level managers who are well-known and
respected within your company. If you have an idea of
someone who’s in your dream role, but don’t know her
personally, find a colleague who does and ask for an
introduction, or see if you can all grab lunch or drinks
Mentor #3: Your Career Planner
• Lastly, you should have a "what do I want to do with my career"
advisor. This person may not be in your company, but should work
(or have worked) in your industry. She should be someone who
knows the tools of the trade and can consult you on big events and
decisions, like switching jobs, working abroad, or exploring other
• This type of mentor may take longer to find and will likely change
throughout your career. This relationship will also probably grow
organically—when you’re first starting out, it may be your favorite
professor from college, or, later down the road, it may be a former
colleague or boss. You can definitely have more than one of these
types of mentors, too—it never hurts to have a few great minds on