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Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

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!

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