Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Put Me In Coach: Tips for Seeking Out a Workplace Mentor


No matter how many years of school you attended, or what level of expertise you can currently boast, our best career education often comes from a superior who is willing to take us under his or her wing. The most successful leaders know this already, and will gladly credit their own mentors for the leaps and bounds they have made over the years. But how does one get so lucky as to find a mentor willing to provide that guidance? Well, sometimes it isn’t about luck – it is about taking your future into your own hands and seeking out the mentor who can help you become the person you eventually hope to be in your career.

Pay Attention: Choosing a mentor isn’t as simple as closing your eyes and pointing to names on your company’s leadership roster. Successful mentorships pair up people with similar goals and aspirations. Which means that you should first ask yourself where you hope to be in 10 years, and then seek out mentors who are already there.

Approach with Sincerity: It is a flattering thing to be approached about mentoring another person, but only if that approach reflects sincerity in the selection and a humbleness that indicates a desire to learn. Be sure to schedule a meeting with your prospective mentor, understanding that this isn’t a conversation you should simply try to engage in over a coffee break. Compile facts about his or her career that you can point to as your inspiration for wanting them as your mentor, and be prepared to answer questions about what you hope to gain from a mentorship, as well as the ways in which you are hopeful they may also benefit from the relationship.

Prove Your Commitment: Remember that in most cases, a workplace mentor is helping you solely out of the kindness of his or her heart. They aren’t being paid more for taking you under their wing, and they are often sacrificing (at least in terms of their time) to guide you through your own career decisions. So treat that time with respect, and don’t take for granted all that they are offering you. Show up to meetings as planned and follow through on suggestions they may make for improving your career advancement possibilities. Remember, you sought them out as your mentor for a reason, so give them the respect of truly paying attention to what they have to say.


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Friday, March 6, 2015

Navigating YOUR Career: UAS Centric Career Advice Discussion Forum - Huntsville, AL



WHO (should attend): You! Whether you are actively looking for career opportunities or happily employed, don’t miss this FREE opportunity to learn from experts about hiring trends and job search advice focused on the rapidly evolving UAS industry.

WHAT: A discussion forum chaired by Unmannedpower, the leading unmanned industry professional recruiting firm, and hosted by the AUVSI Pathfinder Chapter, focused on helping you take control of your career! Topics include advice on creating an effective resume, using social media to your advantage, submitting online applications, preparing for the interview, and so much more. Take advantage of the Q&A session and put the advice into action while networking with the Symposium vendors.
The Navigating YOUR Career presentations/Q&A sessions will be followed by time to visit the Vendors. Access to the show floor is free.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, from 9:30-11:00

WHERE: Von Braun Center, Huntsville, AL

HOW MUCH: FREE! You DO NOT have to be a Pathfinder Member, and you do not have to be registered for the Pathfinder Conference.

REGISTRATION: Click HERE to register. There is no cost to attendance at the Navigating YOUR Career and the Show Floor. Registration is optional, but is appreciated to help ensure we have enough space. (Note that the registration list will not be public. We respect your confidentiality). If you register for the Navigating YOUR Career Discussion Forum, you will receive an email with a coupon for a 50% reduction in the cost to attend the Conference Presentations!

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