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Working with great mentors can influence the trajectory of your career. My first mentor appeared before I knew what a mentor was. She gave me a chance to intern at her atelier, while dedicating time out of her busy schedule to guide me on climbing the ropes of the fashion industry. A few months later at the end of this internship, I had done things I never imagined myself doing. I had effectively shown myself that I could break through my barriers, which would be the very start of a valuable lesson: The life of your career will depend on how you can push the boundaries of your personal and professional limits.
My last manager taught me the value of slowing down before making decisions, and that each decision had to reflect your business' ethical compass along with its growth. At a pivotal point in my career, my most recent mentor taught me how to gain control of my own schedule, which lead to the jump to work on my business full-time while under her support.
Over the years, I've worked with different business owners, each of which taught me a unique way of working. Whether the leaders in your career are agreeable or not, there is always something you can improve on amidst the process.
Below are some tips on what I've observed makes a good mentor/mentee partnership.
There's no doubt that at the right time, the right mentor can fast-track your career, or even help get you to where you want to be next. A mentor is not the same as a coach or a manager. They should possess leadership qualities, yet be with you on equal grounds. It is absolutely a two-way partnership that requires dedication in both parties. Remember that although a mentor/mentee partnership can take on different forms, having the right amount of ambition and patience can be nurtured into a relationship that lasts for decades.