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Finding career mentors

Postby louy » Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:29 am

Hi,

Does anyone have any good suggestions on how or where to network, and to business leaders and successful people who might be willing to mentor ?

I have read a lot about the benefits of finding a good career mentor. Someone who can share their stories of their experiences, give guidance and advice, or even just in general casual meetings over coffee or drinks.

I am in my early 30's, and coming to Singapore, from a Finance education but now working in the Supply Chain Planning / Logistics field, keen to look for opportunities to learn and develop.

Any suggests on places or events which might be good for me to check out ?

Thanks

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Re: Finding career mentors

Postby the lynx » Fri, 26 Sep 2014 3:19 pm

louy wrote:Hi,

Does anyone have any good suggestions on how or where to network, and to business leaders and successful people who might be willing to mentor ?

I have read a lot about the benefits of finding a good career mentor. Someone who can share their stories of their experiences, give guidance and advice, or even just in general casual meetings over coffee or drinks.

I am in my early 30's, and coming to Singapore, from a Finance education but now working in the Supply Chain Planning / Logistics field, keen to look for opportunities to learn and develop.

Any suggests on places or events which might be good for me to check out ?

Thanks


Welcome.

I'm not from your field but in general, you can hook up in Linkedin and connect with people within your industry. And join groups on Linkedin. These groups sometimes hold networking sessions (depends on the industry) over beer or cocktail or meals.

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Postby PNGMK » Fri, 26 Sep 2014 3:20 pm

I personally consider your age a bit too old for mentoring... but not for learning.

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Postby the lynx » Fri, 26 Sep 2014 3:42 pm

Well he did say that he is looking for a career mentor, not to mentor someone else :P

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Postby PNGMK » Fri, 26 Sep 2014 3:53 pm

the lynx wrote:Well he did say that he is looking for a career mentor, not to mentor someone else :P


That's how I took it.

Given though how long it takes for people to get in the work force now it might be me who is out of touch.

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Postby louy » Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:11 am

Yes, Unfortunately I am getting old.
But not too old to learn. There is always someone with more experience and of a higher position I hope to learn from.

Maybe Mentor is not what I need. Maybe it is just better networking

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Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:59 am

louy wrote:Yes, Unfortunately I am getting old.
But not too old to learn. There is always someone with more experience and of a higher position I hope to learn from.

Maybe Mentor is not what I need. Maybe it is just better networking


What is it you think you want to learn? Are you looking at trying to learn the mechanics of doing a particular job? Like what a MBA might give you? Only maybe more hands on... like a CFO who shows you how to really read a set of financial statements to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the company being studied?

Or, are you looking for someone to mentor you in human relationships in business? You know, don't you, and for example, that the top managers in most companies are rarely the smartest, intellectually. But, they possess other skills... empathy, ability to engage and persuade, and ability to inspire those below her to buy in and work for a common goal.

What do you want to be mentored in?

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Postby the lynx » Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:21 am

I assure you Strong Eagle is a very good mentor, in work and business sense :wink:

I learned a lot from his input in this forum.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:03 pm

the lynx wrote:I assure you Strong Eagle is a very good mentor, in work and business sense :wink:

I learned a lot from his input in this forum.


Thank you for the kind words. I am currently mentoring 14 high school boys, all attending a school for those that could not make it in regular classes. Incredibly tough... these young men are filled with anger and have had a tough life already... and incredibly rewarding... to set but one young man on a new life is satisfying beyond description... about to start doing this in a second school.


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