How has a teacher or mentor influenced your career?
Today starts a week-long national celebration known as Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s the perfect time to take a moment to personally thank the teachers in your life – whether you met them in the classroom or at the office – who’ve inspired you or helped advance your career.
Helen (as she encouraged her students to call her) was an amazing teacher. She taught the higher-level business classes [at Marist College], including the senior “capping” course, Business Strategy & Management, which encapsulated the principles taught throughout the past four years. …
During my senior year, Helen invited me to work for her, which I immediately accepted. In addition to being a professor, she was a business consultant in strategic management, competitive intelligence, and intellectual capital management. … The pinnacle of my education with her was reached when Helen invited me to join her in New York City for the two-day offsite she held with the agency’s CEOs and parent company. I learned the subtlety of influencing others without telling them what to do, and that sometimes it’s best to plant a seed and have your colleagues reach the conclusion on their own. I learned that the workday doesn’t necessarily stop when you turn off your laptop and go out to dinner with the team. After that offsite, I knew I had chosen the right career path, and I’ll never be able to thank Helen enough for pushing me to be a better, more confident professional.
How has a teacher or mentor influenced your career? What words of wisdom have stuck with you?
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.