Mentorship helps the careers of both mentors and mentees — research shows they get promoted, attain higher salaries, and fend off burnout. Mentoring relationships that develop organically are the most fruitful, but how can you find a mentor during this era of social distancing? To start, embrace remote networking. Put yourself in a position to meet interesting people, both inside and outside of your organization or industry. Don't be afraid to reach out to people who seem like they might be able to lend a hand. If you're uncomfortable connecting with strangers, start with your friends' friends. Ask for an introduction, and see where it goes. You might also tap into your alumni networks, where you'll have something to talk about right off the bat. And don't limit yourself to LinkedIn. There are all kinds of social media platforms that are ripe for making connections. This may all seem like a lot of effort, but if you hit it off with someone, your relationship will pay off down the road. (Culled from Harvard Business Review).
Mentorship is one thing we lack in Nigeria. Without a good mentor, in most cases you find that you will keep struggling in everything you do with that organization. Mentorship is not about boot licking or eye service.Reaching out will help you to grow and move up the ladder in your career.
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