Style Magazine - - Opinion - LISA MACHIN, COLUM­NIST

Lis­ten up gals (and boys, cause ya know… you guys can have ca­reers th­ese days too xx) here's the hottest tip go­ing, and you're get­ting it for free.

Ca­reers wax and wane for us women in sync with the many phases of our lives.

While I'm still rel­a­tively young in ca­reer terms, the thing I've found that can move with me through ev­ery job and ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence is a good men­tor.

If you think of your ca­reer as a life-long un­der­tak­ing where your roles may change, but your learn­ings and skill set are some­thing that you carry with you for life, it's a whole lot eas­ier to in­vest in your own de­vel­op­ment.

The best way to work on self-de­vel­op­ment is re­flec­tion, ac­count­abil­ity and a bit of a strat­egy.

Find a men­tor you can seek guid­ance from, bounce your de­ci­sions off when needed and who can tell you to stop be­ing a cry-baby and get over it when you just want to keep ar­gu­ing a point. Some­times it's hard to see a work sit­u­a­tion clearly when you're in the mid­dle of it, so hav­ing a men­tor can be the out­side per­spec­tive you need to make a ra­tio­nal de­ci­sion or good ca­reer move.

Don't be afraid to ap­proach some­one to be your men­tor, but re­mem­ber to bring some­thing to the table. A men­tor is a guide, not a solution. So don't be lazy…. you still have to put in the work your­self! And re­mem­ber that busy peo­ple want to help those who help them­selves. They've al­ready done the hard yards, so see­ing you do them gives them a great sense of sat­is­fac­tion. Make sure your ef­forts are worth their time, and they will make plenty of time for you! Bloom lit­tle flower, bloom!

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