Dear ReWorker: I Just Can’t Find a Mentor. Help!

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Dear ReWorker,

I want to be promoted, and I think I need a mentor. However, there isn’t anyone in my company who can help me, and I can’t really find someone outside the company either. Do I have to have a mentor to succeed?

Sincerely,

Missing a Mentor

Dear Missing,

Your biggest obstacle might be that you’re putting too much weight on the word “mentor.” I’ve never had a formal mentor, but I’ve had plenty of people who have had a profound impact on my career. 

In fact, some of them may not know that they mentored me. Here are some examples:

Susan Heathfield taught me how

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