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Do You Have a Mentor? Why a Mentorship is Key to Career Success

PRSA St. Louis April luncheon speaker Philip Tate, APR, encourages
attendees that you're never too young or too old to have a mentor.

Whether you’re wrestling with a problem at work, making your next career move, or simply keeping up with industry trends, having a mentor to help you stay on course is a huge advantage.

Mentors can also be extremely helpful when you’re assigned a new project that is outside of your experience, such as making the transition from an entry-level position, with the task of executing tactics on a daily basis, to a junior- or senior-level position, taking on the role of planning new strategies for your business or client, or managing a team.

At the PRSA St. Louis April luncheon, “From Peons to Presidents, Mentors are Key to Career Success”, Philip Tate, APR, Fellow PRSA and Senior Vice President for Luquire George Andrews, a full-service agency in Charlotte, North Carolina, hosted a town hall meeting to talk about the importance of a mentorship and how it can help you at any stage of your career.

Below are a few takeaways to help you make the most of a mentorship:

  • You're never too young or too old to have a mentor.
  • It doesn't stop with first contact - discuss career paths, questions, advice, and maintain over years, miles and jobs.
  • It's about sharing interests, rapport and friendship - common experience and interests are key to building a good mentorship.
  • In the digital age, more mentorships are established on social media. Take the relationship offline and get to know your colleagues in real life. Read more about this in Ketchum’s blog.
  • When establishing a mentorship, set clear goals for both parties. This will foster a positive experience.
  • Seek a mentor outside of your field. This will give you a more holistic view on business decisions and provides an outside perspective.

Speaker Philip Tate with Programs Director Tina Carroll and APR Chair Nez Savala.

Tate recommends the PRSA Mentor Match program for PR pros who are seeking career advice. This program pairs you with a mentor from PRSA's pool of experienced professionals and can help you strengthen your resume, cultivate and grow new ideas or even develop your own public relations practice. Learn more on the PRSA website.

And make sure to pay it forward. If you’ve had a mentor, give back and mentor a new pro, a colleague, or consider PRSA Mentor Match.

This post is courtesy of Paul Spooner, PRSA St. Louis Communications Director and Blog Editor. He is a PR Supervisor at Osborn Barr, an agricultural marketing and communications company with offices in St. Louis and Kansas City. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication studies from the University of Iowa. You can find him on Twitter @paul_spooner.

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