We hear about, and read about, the importance of mentorships and the positive impact this has on careers in a majority of resources regarding growth. But do you know where to start?
In this episode, Coffee with Women in Tech host, Harpreet Narang
, talks to mentor Luana Holland
, distribution business manager, Aruba, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
and mentee Annie Shah
, marketing manager IoT and AI, Ingram Micro
. We hear about their journeys and the positive impact their mentor-mentee relationship has had for both.
We also hear from them about:
- Impact of mentoring
- Advice for someone looking for a mentor
- Why tech with opportunities galore is an exciting career option for women
- Mentorship programs
How to find a mentor?
Sometimes, we land in a career that we aren’t expecting. Most of us don’t decide as a child that we’re going to be a marketer at HP, IoT, AI or a podcast host for Ingram Micro. Annie started out in law then found an interest in technology and was hooked. A technology career is something that most of us will land in and need a little guidance on how to navigate something that we weren’t expecting. Technology is taking over the world and the more knowledge that we can get, the easier the transition will be.
Your mentor doesn’t have to be someone who is on the same path as you. When you find someone that you admire and respect, then take the chance to reach out to them and ask for that relationship. A mentorship relationship can be as simple as an educational talk over coffee or a long-lasting relationship that builds over years. This type of relationship, just like every other, is beneficial for both parties involved and the terms can be set by what both parties are expecting.
“What can I bring to a mentee? What can I bring to this person?” —Luana Holland
Some things to keep in mind when looking for a mentor:
- You should have a mutual respect in your relationship
- Your mentor can be inside or outside your company and industry
- Your mentor can be male or female—as long as they help push your career forward
Check out your connections on LinkedIn for people that are open to a mentorship opportunity, ask within your company for a formal or informal program, or there are multiple social mentorship apps where you can set up profiles to start a relationship. Starting a mentor-mentee relationship is something that can be as flexible as you need it to be.
“Strive to achieve what you want and just don’t hold yourself back. You can achieve anything.” —Annie Shah
For more information or to be a guest on the show, connect with Harpreet Narang
on LinkedIn or email.