Experience is important, and for someone who is just starting out, it’s beneficial to have someone in your corner to guide you and to help you prevent the mistakes you could have made.
It’s valuable to establish such a relationship with someone you respect and admire. When I started out in a public relations agency in NYC, things were moving at 100mph. During orientation, we had met many of the Senior Executives to get an idea of who exactly was in the company. One in particular inspired me with the work he had done, and his energy really spoke to me. I made it a point to get to know him better, to tell him about myself and what I wanted to accomplish, and he shared a great deal of wisdom and tactics with me that I still use and think about to this day. When things were particularly tough in the office, I knew I could slip away for a few minutes, have a chat with him and come back recharged. While I am not at the agency anymore, we still maintain a relationship and I know if I ever need anything, he’ll be there to give me advice.
Mentors comes in various shapes and sizes: In grade school we’d call them “counselors,” in college, “advisors.” Whether it’s a professor, a colleague, or a family member, the point is to build a relationship that goes beyond professionalism to a comfortable point where you know you can speak openly and honestly. Especially when you’re growing something on your own, it’s a good feeling to know that you’ve got support coming from many sides.
— withYinka Adeyemi.
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