Highlighting the recent webinar “Get the Meeting! Cultivating Mentors and Sponsors to Move Your Career Forward” with Jason Levin (MBA’06):
My blog topic this week will touch on the recent webinar hosted by the Georgetown Alumni Career Services on the important topic of mentorship and sponsorship. Guest speaker Jason Levin, career coach and speaker with Ready, Set, Launch, LLC—and Georgetown alum—provided a helpful framework for understanding how mentor and sponsor relationships differ and how they can be useful in your career journey.
Levin starts off the webinar by focusing on the basics, saying that “the ‘what do you want to do?’ question is the fundamental question that allows you to help others help you.” He encourages you to think ahead and envision the success you’d like to achieve in the next 18 months. Then break it down into what experiences, skills and relationships you need to get where you want to be in this timeframe.
Mentors are individuals who have related career expertise and wisdom to share; they may or may not be employed in the same company as the mentee. Their role is to help their mentees get a clearer vision of career options and have a better understanding of what they need to reach that next level.
Sponsors on the other hand may have a different background than you, but tend to be someone from within your workplace. This is a person who may directly influence your career path.
You shouldn’t be looking for just one or the other—Levin encourages his listeners to pursue both types of relationships to reap the benefits each uniquely offers.
To learn more about the value of mentorships and sponsorships, including why you should consider giving back, listen to the whole webinar here.
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