Emily Jasper – Forbes – Friday, 28 October 2011 (originally published 25 Oct)
Everyone should have mentors. It only helps you in your career (and life) if you have someone who can share their own experiences, learnings, and battle scars with you. You won’t avoid mistakes, but the idea here is that you may be able to avoid making the mistakes they made. Women also can benefit from having champions and sponsors, especially in their professional careers. Those people go to bat for you and help you navigate tricky organizations.
However, people just don’t utilize mentors the way they should. For many, it can feel like there just isn’t anyone out there to help. Some wait for a relationship to happen organically. Others might look for a mentor with too specific experiences and end up missing out on the great people they to whom they could already be connected.
Nearly one out of every five women in the United States does not have a mentor . . .