From the Editor
Did you know that workers with mentors earn up to double more annually than those without? Not only that: employees with mentors are five times more likely to be promoted. These staggering facts are why we’ve decided to help you out by giving you a chance to win one of 10 kick-ass career mentors – industry experts at the top of their game from companies such as Unilever, She Leads Africa and the Harvard University Center for African Studies. See page 112 for more.
A mentor is essentially someone who is more experienced than you are. They need not work in the same field as you do – but they must hold a more senior role. A mentor is someone who can advise you critically, challenge your actions, and help you better plan your goals, re-prioritise, and understand your strengths and weaknesses.
Over the past year, I’ve been seeing a mentor of sorts. We meet once a month. Among other things, she sets me practical tasks such as journalling, which has helped me identify behaviours that have in the past been stumbling blocks to a better and more present me. The process has been a personal game changer: she has centred me greatly, and has pushed me to not freak out when faced with a challenge, but to live in the now and work through hurdlesome times with a sense of calm and can-do.
I truly believe that mentoring can be the secret weapon you need to get ahead at work – and in life. That’s why we’ve dedicated this issue to building brand you, with how-to advice on acing being a grown-up in our #adulting guide, setting goals that actually stick, remarkable stories of women who did a complete career 180, all the questions you need to ask to impress in an interview, landing the job you love, and what to do when you just don’t know what to do. Get inspired and let us be your cheerleader – because the future is female!