Your secret weapon for career success

The business world is tough, especially if you want to rise through the ranks and put yourself on an executive path. If you are ambitious and want to build a great career, it is going to take hard work and lots of it.

30 November 2018 | Business

1. Mine your contacts

If you have already been in the workforce for a few years, chances are you already have some current or potential mentors that could fit the bill for your advisory board. You want your board to be somewhat diversified in terms of expertise and industry knowledge, so start by identifying candidates from your own network such as old bosses, former colleagues, friends who are in a similar field and then figure out where the gaps are.



2. Network in

a targeted way

Building the rest of your advisory board starts with building a broader network, which most people do in a happenstance way. They attend a cocktail party, collect a few business cards, and perhaps even connect on LinkedIn. Start by identifying people in your industry and functions who you think could be potential mentors, then work backward to figure out how to meet them. An easy way to make inroads is to find a “common interest contact.”



3. Make the ask

Once you have connected with your potential mentors, you will want to officially ask them to be a part of your advisory board.

Exactly how you approach this will completely depend on the relationship you have with that person. For example, you might be explicit: “I'm building out my own personal advisory network, and I would like to know if I can stay in touch with you a little more often.” Or you might keep it casual: “As I build my career, would it be okay if I bounced ideas off of you from time to time?”

If the mentor says yes, be ready to set expectations for future communications. For some board members, you may be able to set up a monthly coffee date or a quarterly Skype call. For others, you may just want to reach out from time to time when you have big issues or decisions on the horizon.



4. Set realistic goals

This process may sound straightforward enough, but if you are extremely busy or introverted, it may seem nearly impossible to execute, but give yourself a break, because career advisory boards are not built overnight. Start by setting reasonable goals such as meeting two people in your industry within the next three months and go from there. - www.themuse.com

Similar News

 

Company news in brief

11 hours ago | Business

China Evergrande’s interest deadline passesA deadline passed on Thursday for China Evergrande, the world’s most indebted property company, to pay US$83.5 million in interest on...

Agility Orthopaedic Centres expanding rapidly

3 days ago - 24 September 2021 | Business

STAFF REPORTERAgility Orthopaedic Centres services are spreading fast. After the established practice in Windhoek (Eros) and the Walvis Bay practice launched in February this year,...

COMPANY NEWS IN BRIEF

3 days ago - 24 September 2021 | Business

Exxon, Chevron not disclosing paymentsUS oil majors Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp have failed to meet a core transparency standard set by the Extractive...

COMPANY NEWS IN BRIEF

4 days ago - 23 September 2021 | Business

Mediclinic gets sustainability-linked loanSouth Africa's Mediclinic has refinanced R8.45 billion (US$575.26 million) in loans through Rand Merchant Bank, the hospital operator said on Tuesday, in...

Incentives for exploration, drilling

5 days ago - 22 September 2021 | Business

Memory Mbai - As with many other African countries, Namibia offers important indirect tax incentives to promote the exploration and drilling for oil and natural...

COMPANY NEWS IN BRIEF

5 days ago - 22 September 2021 | Business

Mattress files confidentially for US IPOMattress Firm Group Inc, the mattress selling business of South African retail group Steinhoff, on Monday confidentially filed paperwork with...

COMPANY NEWS IN BRIEF

6 days ago - 21 September 2021 | Business

Nigeria to incorporate NNPCNigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered the incorporation of the state-run oil company within six months and appointed a board for...

Capricorn remains resilient amidst Covid

1 week ago - 20 September 2021 | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – Locally-listed Capricorn Group, with Bank Windhoek as its flagship brand, has provided payment holidays on loans freeing up N$343 million in cash...

COMPANY NEWS IN BRIEF

1 week ago - 20 September 2021 | Business

American, JetBlue partnership to raise pricesUS Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat who has been outspoken on antitrust issues, expressed concern to the Transportation Department on...

Momentum urges women to invest more

1 week ago - 20 September 2021 | Business

TUYEIMO HAIDULAWINDHOEKNotwithstanding decades of progress towards achieving equality in the workplace, Momentum Namibia investment managing director Evangelina Nailenge has challenged women to see themselves as...

Latest News

‘Agribank must be more visible...

11 hours ago | Banking

Omaheke regional governor Pijoo Nganate on Friday asked Agribank to extend its visibility in other constituencies of the region via its outreach programmes.Nganate made these...

Namibia launches new port control...

11 hours ago | Economics

Namibia on Friday launched a new port container control unit to improve smooth flow of goods at the recently upgraded Walvis Bay port.Speaking on behalf...

The storm is over

11 hours ago | Health

TUYEIMO HAIDULA ONDANGWA The corridors are empty. There is moment of stillness here at Ondangwa Private Hospital’s Covid-19 ward in the Oshana...

34 teachers charged for sexual...

11 hours ago | Education

Kenya Kambowe RUNDU Between 2010 and 2020, the education ministry charged 34 teachers...

Big thanks to corporate Namibia...

11 hours ago | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa Today I do not really want to pen anything negative because I feel some corporate companies have earned...

Moses calls for more support...

11 hours ago | Sports

NAMPA WINDHOEKAC Boxing founder and trainer Imms Moses is calling on the corporate world...

South Africa unhappy with Britain’s...

11 hours ago | Economics

SOFIA CHRISTENSENSouth Africa is seething over Britain's decision to keep the country on its coronavirus "red list," forcing travellers into a pricey hotel quarantine on...

Editorial: F for broken promises

11 hours ago | Opinion

President Hage Geingob’s appeal to world leaders last week to end what has been coined ‘vaccine apartheid’ and to ensure fair distribution of vaccines was...

A woman with boxing dreams...

11 hours ago | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa Young Meriam Nghiyolwa – who has been in the game for quite some time – is still chasing...

Load More