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This Thursday, April 25 marks the twentieth anniversary of Ms. Foundation for Women’s Take Our Daughters And Sons to Work® Day.
This program, which was expanded in 2003 to include boys, aims to empower children to “reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives.” As founding mother Marlo Thomas mentions in her article, Take Our Daughters And Sons to Work® Day is not your traditional career day – it’s a chance for parents and caregivers to mentor their children and show how women and men come together and share the workplace.
This celebration couldn’t have come at a better time.
With Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In topping the best-seller lists these days, the topic of mentorship is hotter than ever among the professional community – and with good reason. The right mentor can be a powerful tool in your career arsenal. In fact, Sheila Wellington, former president of Catalyst Foundation and author of Be Your Own Mentor, believes it’s one of the main reasons why men tend to rise higher than women in the workplace – men are more likely than women to have mentors throughout their careers.
Not only can mentors help shape your professional skills, they can teach you the ins and outs of your industry, help you navigate corporate politics, overcome adversity, and introduce you to the right people and resources to advance your career.
If you don’t currently have a mentor in your life, use this day an excuse to find one. Click on the following link to read about the five types of mentorship: the Sensei, Entrepreneur, Peer, Protégé, and the Unconventional Teacher. Identify what type of mentor is right for you and seek that person out.
Mentors come in all shapes and sizes, each offering different types and levels of support throughout your career. Remember, mentorship isn’t handed to you – you have to ask for what you need. Don’t be afraid to approach someone you meet and ask the questions you really want to know – you’ll be amazed at what may happen!
Amanda Augustine is the Job Search Expert for TheLadders. She provides job search and career guidance for professionals looking to make their next career move. Have a question for Amanda? Submit your question here for a chance to have it answered in her weekly column, and be sure to follow her at @JobSearchAmanda on Twitter and “Like” her on Facebook for up-to-the-minute job-search advice.