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How IT mentors can help advance your tech career

Rich Hein | Jan. 30, 2013
A strong work ethic, degrees, certifications and experience aren't always enough to get you where you want to be. While those items are the foundation of a solid IT career, sometimes you need insight from someone who's climbed that mountain already. Here's how a mentor can help you move forward in the IT field.

How often you meet, the subjects discussed and how best to stay in contact should all be discussed and agreed upon. These will be different depending on goals and scheduling. "There will be times when a short-term goal is looming and you need to meet more often," Spano says. Regardless, you should establish a schedule and be flexible.

Obtaining and working with a mentor can seem like a daunting task, but you've got to start somewhere. Look around and see what resources are available to you. You may not have to go very far. But even if you do, most IT pros who have had mentors find that the mileage was worth it. You may end up somewhere you never anticipated.

We'd love to hear about your mentoring stories be it good or bad and as always we welcome feedback.


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