Tired of hearing the same few pieces of career advice over and over? Are you looking for more guidance in being a woman pursuing a career? You’re not alone.
When I polled my instagram followers about what they’d like to see more of in 2020 here on LLB I had a surprising (to me) number of people ask me to talk more about work & career advice. So, I sat down and started thinking about what I had to offer on a topic that I do feel is covered a lot. What guidance or unique perspective could I offer. What came to me is the one piece of career advice that I feel like no one is really talking about that, in my legal career, is what I think has made the most difference in helping me achieve such success at a (relatively) young age.
The one piece of essential career advice that I think no one is sharing is:
Get a mentee.
That may seem like unusual advice for growing and advancing you own career, but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is. Many people talk about the importance of getting a mentor, which definitely is important, but they don’t speak enough in my opinion about getting a mentee.
No matter how junior you are in your career, there is always someone more junior. If you’re in your first year, there’s someone interview to start. No one talks about getting a mentee until/if you become someone senior but there is no reason to wait that long and there is a huge benefit to your career in having a mentee all the way up in your career.
You’re probably asking why having a mentee is beneficial to your career. It’s beneficial for a lot of reasons. For one, in having a mentee you end up teaching them and in so doing you realize just how much you know. As a young professional, especially as a woman (statistically) confidence is one of the biggest hurdles to career growth and one of the biggest challenges to overcome. By mentoring someone junior to you you are constantly giving advice and in so doing you’re showing yourself over and over just how much you know. It’s a confidence boost that you don’t realize is happening and this self-confidence can really help you advance in your career.
And look, I don’t know how much of a role karma plays in life but I’d like to think that the more good you put into the world the more you get out. And by giving back by helping mentor someone I believe that you’re putting a lot of good karma into your career world and that can only come back to benefit you. You also never know who’s watching and the impact that can have on you. I’ve become connected to some amazing senior criminal defense lawyers who have given me guidance and given me clients after I came on their radar for being a woman helping other young lawyers and law students. #Karma.
My next work related post is going to be a Career Q&A; so I would love your input! Is there a question you have about growing your career? Are you wondering how to deal with a particular situation at the office? Email me at LegalLeeBlondeBlog@gmail.com! I’ll compile a list of the questions and answer them in this upcoming post.