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There’s a lot of talk these days about mentorship
and the benefits of having a mentor (how find one – see “The Secret to Finding a Mentor”). While there are many as many different
mentors as there are areas of life (did you know that you can get a mentor
for your knitting hobby
? Yeah, it’s
true), studies show that mentor for your career is the ticket to being more
successful on the job and increases chances for promotions and raises.

Homies, mentors can help make the
difference between having a career that’s just ok to one that’s lush with
opportunity and advancement. But to achieve that success, you have to know what
role a mentor should play in your career. For this week’s Corporate Quickie,
here’s the dos and don’ts of a mentor:

What
a Mentor Does
:

  • Helps you better understand your
    industry and/or your company
  • Expands your network
  • Solves work and/or career-related
    matters
  • Offers constructive criticism and
    suggest tips for improvement
  • Acts as a sounding board for your ideas
    and concerns

What
a Mentor Does Not Do:

  • Resolve deeply personal or psychological
    issues
  • Make important career decisions
  • Shield you from making mistakes
  • Judge or condemn you for your choices
  • Force you to follow their path or
    direction