The Importance Of Finding A Mentor In Your Career

Great Women Of Our Time Science & Technology nominee Esther Wang tells us why having a mentor to guide you in your career is important

GWOT 2016 Esther Wang portrait

Esther Wang, 28, Founder and CEO, Joytingle

“I am fortunate to have the right introduction to mentors,” Esther shares. “They are the giants who allow me to stand on their shoulders so I can see further.” Here’s her guide to finding good mentors who can help you:

1) “Mentors can potentially be found everywhere if you know how to identify them – you could meet a mentor through an introduction, at your workplace, or at events. But not everyone can be a good mentor so choose carefully, he or she should be someone whose work and values you admire.”

2) “Mentorship is an organic process. There must be chemistry and alignment in values. More importantly, you must test the value of their words. It’s good to have common ground for interaction over a period of time. This will help you and your mentor to assess if your values align.”

3) “Chemistry is important – you must enjoy conversations with each other! Ask yourself if this is someone with whom you can share your woes and fears.  My mentors gave me the confidence to navigate difficult or unforeseen terrains. Because when things are beyond me, I could turn to their wisdom for help.”

Read more about Esther Wang here.

If Esther Wang inspires you, vote for her in The Most Inspiring Award here. You will stand a chance to win prizes worth up to $1,230!

The Great Women Of Our Time 2016 is presented by Skin Inc and co-sponsored by Swarovski.

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