Mentorship Is as Important as Oxygen by Karen Taylor
Mentorship Is as Important as Oxygen
Written by Karen Taylor Bass on April 15, 2010 for Black Enterprise
The more career altitude you gain, the more necessary supportive relationships become
As you pound the pavement and scour the Internet in search of a job, client or opportunity – an important task to add to your to-do list for career advancement is securing a mentor.
While the job landscape has changed with the advent of social media, what a mentor does has not. A mentor is still someone who has specific skills, knowledge and abilities to help groom you for success, provides strategic business advice and assists you with the tools to negotiate and conquer the corporate terrain. A mentor can be especially helpful for women who have the two-fold challenge of navigating the sexism of the business world while still maintaining a home and children. Choosing the right mentor will help maintain sanity as you climb the ladder.
“For African Americans mentoring is like oxygen; mentorship helps one uncover the opportunities and possibilities that are beyond the stratosphere,” says Kimberly Reed, human resource consultant and managing partner of The Reed Development Group.