Recently, Forbes Magazine published an articled to provide young women with advice about finding a mentor. This is often a very daunting task that many women find to be challenging. How to find a mentor is an issue utmost on many women’s minds and to that end Forbes has compiled a list of tips from influential women to help answer this question.
Carolyn Lawrence, President and CEO of Women Influence, Inc., polled the organization’s annual list of “Top 25 Women of Influence,” and asked them how they found their mentors. What resulted was a collection of advice for young women seeking mentors. The list of top 9 ways to find a mentor included: be coachable and passionate, establish trust, start early in your career, and surround yourself with good people.
When asked about her tips for young women, Connie Clerici, president of Closing the Gap, Healthcare suggested making a list of who you want to be when you grow up and find a way to make them a part of your life. “I encourage women, always, to look up as high as they can. And find those role models – because, it doesn’t matter if you have direct access to them. You can still be inspired.”
The list concludes with recommendations to pay it forward, reach out, be open- minded, and use social media. As graduate students, many of us our early in our careers and could benefit from the guidance and support of mentors who are more familiar with how to navigate the field of public health. I myself have found the process of searching for a mentor to be intimidating. This article changed my perspective and instilled me with a sense of confidence that with the appropriate focus and attention we will all be able to cultivate the relationships that will provide us invaluable feedback and direction.
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