Knowing Things to Do
In every organization, there are things that are good for you to do, but are rarely expressed in writing. These include organizations to join, activities to participate in, and things to avoid. How do you find out about these things? A mentor can help. Here’s a strategy for working with your mentor on knowing things to do:
- Soon after you meet with your mentor, ask the following questions:
- What organizations should I consider joining?
- What types of activities should I participate in?
- Are there things I should avoid?
- Once you get a list from your mentor, ask for help in getting started. This could involve going to an organizational meeting, participating in a volunteer activity, signing up for a stock purchase plan, etc.
- Next ask your mentor how you can use these activities to get recognized. Often senior people in the organization take note of younger employees who are engaged early in their careers.
One thing you need to be careful about is that these things need to be self-initiated. Your mentor can help if you start the process.