It’s kind of ironic.
I’ve been thinking about finding a mentor for quite some time – for about six months now, since I started discussing with a coworker about her mentors and what it means to her.
So, being me, I Googled around. I came across this article by Penelope Trunk on her blog – I recommend adding her to your reader – I’ve added her to my blog roll (like she needs it!) because she’s very insightful. Oddly enough, I also managed to come across a book review (and a chance to talk to her!) at I Will Teach You To Be Rich – another site I recommend.
Needless to say, it was an epiphany. I’ve got a corporate job that I landed through networking – I got in with no degree because I knew a couple guys, and they knew I could design and code. It was entry-level web work, which I didn’t mind, but my foot was in the door.
Since then, I’ve expanded my knowledge of CSS, PHP, XHTML, XML and other TLAs. I’ve learned Usability skills, and expanded my business knowledge. Made friends in Marketing and IT. I even managed to network to the right man that helped me get into Corporate – where I am today.
Currently, I’ve contacted two people about being my mentor – one being my former boss, because he is gung-ho about keeping your career as a priority (I’ve read it elsewhere, like in the comments at I Will Teach You To Be Rich:
Don’t let your loyalties stand in the way of your career.
It’s kind of powerful and dangerous at the same time. Loyalty is important to me – but at the same time, every boss I’ve had understood when I quit – why I was quitting. Better opportunities, better chances at moving forward.
I’ve also sought out a Financial Planner – we’ll see how this works out.
Anyone have tips for searching out mentors, or stories of how they met (or became) a mentor?