Having the Right Mentor Can Open Doors

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mentorship-social-mediaFinding the right person to learn from in your career can really expedite your career path. Learning from those who have come before you, and tapping into the insights of those who you look up to is a great way to boost your career in the right direction. Mentorship can often offer the key ingredient to success.

Mentoring is the “presence of individuals who provide support, advice, reinforcement and constructive examples to help others succeed”. A mentor is a person of greater knowledge or wisdom who shares this experience to help develop abilities of those junior to him or her.

When it comes to entrepreneurship, having a mentor may mean the difference between a successful venture and a failed one. It is always surprising as to how open people will be when you approach them about mentorship. Once you find the right mentor, you can not only learn positive traits from these people, but you can also use them as a sounding board for your ideas, as well as someone to tell you when something you’re doing isn’t working, and it’s time to move on.

It is always encouraging to associate yourself with someone who has new ideas and goals. Having a great mentor can push you in the right direction, or show you when you’re moving in the wrong one. Having this support network can be very helpful when you’re experiencing a time of transition, or looking for a new career. And of course when the time comes, you can pay it forward and offer your experience to someone your junior who needs someone like you.

There are several outlets to find a mentor in Vancouver, such as Networking in Van and The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, or even using social media to find a mentor.