There's no one-size-fits-all approach to developing a successful career, but there are a few things that will help you no matter what. First, start by setting your goals and planning your steps. Next, take action and stay focused on your goals. Finally, stay positive and don't give up when things get tough. However, one thing that's common amongst successful people is that they’ve all had mentors and sponsors throughout their career because when you need to make important decisions, it can be hard to get perspective without guidance.
So, what's the difference between mentorship and sponsorship?
Mentorship and sponsorship are often confused. A mentor is someone who can help guide you and offer advice about your career. On the other hand, a sponsor is someone in the workplace who will advocate for you, which is different from a mentor. One of your leaders will usually be the person this is who will help you further your career with promotion recommendations and opportunities.
Sponsors and mentors play different but important roles in your career. While sponsors are more likely to be in a position to help you advance in your career, mentors can provide guidance and support along the way. It’s important to have both in your professional network.
Mentorships and sponsorships are both powerful tools that can help create more diverse workplaces, foster belonging, and develop tomorrow’s leaders. By providing access to mentorships, employees can learn from those who have walked in their shoes and understand the challenges they face. Sponsorships can help employees feel seen and supported and provide access to opportunities. When both mentorship and sponsorship are available in organizations, everyone benefits.
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