Many executive coaches, lucrative CEOs, motivational authors and business bloggers all tout the benefits of having a career mentor. What can’t be good about having someone more successful and experienced looking out for you? If your company offers a mentoring program, definitely take advantage of it. If your company is small (like mine) or doesn’t have a formal program, look around you. Who is at the top of their game in your department? In the organization? Make friends with this person, they probably have a lot to share.
And if you can’t find anyone at your company or in your personal network (Parents don’t always work so well as career mentors—they’re too personally invested) you can contact your local SCORE chapter.
According to their official website:
SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
SCORE has 389 chapters in locations throughout the United States and its territories, with 10,500 volunteers nationwide. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors.
SCORE brings together business professionals in the community, who volunteer their time and expertise, and match them with people just like you. You can receive free online counseling as well as individual mentoring and coaching sessions. Many chapters also offer low-cost workshops and seminars.
If you are thinking of starting your own business and aren’t sure how to start, SCORE can be a great resource not only for information but also for a helping hand.
Start here to find your local chapter and learn more about this great opportunity.