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Mentors: How to Find One and Maximize That Relationship

Data & Featured Lists Editor
7 min read

Millennials will make up roughly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020, according to a recent study from Aon Hewitt. Caroline Ghosn says that's why she runs Levo, which offers online resources -- including a social network of notable mentors and video chat "Office Hours" -- needed for succeeding in the workplace.

But Ghosn says digital guidance isn't enough to propel your career. Face-time with mentors is paramount, but there's an art and science to finding and selecting one.

At the recent Women: Inspiration & Enterprise Symposium in New York City, Ninon Marapachi, put it best during the "Choose Your Boss" panel. Marapachi, the head of hedge fund origination and product management at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said that while your early managers are instrumental in launching your career, she doesn't believe in formally asking a senior employee to become your designated mentor. "It makes for an artificial relationship," she says.

Related: A Look at 5 Stiletto Networks: The Rise of Women's Power Circles

Instead, Marapachi advises young workers to pick wisely and hone a natural dynamic over time.

Ghosn agrees. In this quick video, she explains who makes the best mentors, how to develop this professional relationship, etiquette rules for communicating with them and how to create a professional board of advisers for the best career advice.

Related: How Russell Simmons Plans to Dress and Inspire Millenials Through Fashion

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