Savvy University students always have a couple of similar burning questions which get brought up from time to time.
How do I get ahead of the other 3000 people graduating at the same time as me?
How do I differentiate myself in a saturated market?
How do I get access to the hidden job market?
The old adage was to source a mentor to coach the wee grasshopper to greatness. This mentor will identify your hidden inner passion, then find and match companies to your inner passion to ensure a cultural fit whilst then going forth and opening the hidden doors to these companies.
Here comes the reality check. The likelihood in this day and age to find the one mentor who will fulfill all your personal and professional prerequisites and that they are available and willing to help you out is slim to nil. Sad but true.
But don’t give up hope. Rather then looking for some hybrid of a soul-mate/mentor how about your own Personal Board of Directors?
To thrash out this concept read this article from the Harvard Business Review by Priscilla Claman and then come back for a few more pearls of wisdom. Click Me!
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Now it may take some time to find the right balance between your board members and I can ensure you that my board is still forming and I envisage that it will be constantly changing as my demands constantly change.
But before I let you run away to go form this personal board it’s important to think about the concept of reciprocity. It would be naïve to think that the people who sit on your board are doing this for nothing in return. They are doing it as it gives them a chance to pass on their knowledge and experience to somebody else. This gives them great satisfaction and lets them reflect on their journey to date.
The reason they are so nice and generous with their time is because I can assure you that they have their own board or set of contacts that are helping them along in their journey and creating a wide circle of reciprocity. So rather then the normal mutual exchange between the two parties you are creating a wide circle of reciprocity and exchanges.
So regardless of where you are in your personal or professional journey take a second to sit back and reflect on the knowledge, experience and stories that you can share with others. Because I can guarantee that there is somebody out their who is searching for their own board of personal directors and they want to hear what you have to say!
Happy knowledge sharing!