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Best practices for finding a mentor after a career change?

Hey All!

I recently left a big company where I had multiple mentors (but not a lot of satisfaction in the work) to move to a small firm. I also changed career paths from sales to project management, which has been my goal for the past few years. While I'm loving the new role, I'm the only PM in my firm and I'm not quite sure how to find a mentor outside of my company.

Do you have any advice on how to find a mentor outside your firm after a career shift? I'm open to all suggestions!

Thanks!

Fairygodboss member Lady Alethia

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  • Fairygodboss member

    Try reaching out to people on LinkedIn who are slightly above your career level in your industry, or at a comparable level in the industry you want to be in. Also think back to old mentor figures, perhaps from college or a previous job. They may love to hear from you!

  • Fairygodboss member

    There are a few ways you could go about it. I'd probably start with digging in on LinkedIn and finding people with my dream job. Reach out to them and see if they'd be willing to connect. You could also find great folks at events in the PM space potentially. There's also always hiring a mentor or coach!

  • Fairygodboss member

    Thanks! I've been a little too nervous to reach out via LinkedIn to a stranger, but I think I will do just that! I've also signed up for a training event and I'm looking for conferences to help network!

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