No matter what industry you’re in, finding a great mentor can propel your career forward. Just like maintaining the truck you drive ensures it continues to run smoothly, you need to maintain the relationships you build throughout your career to keep them running smoothly too.
Finding a mentor can be intimidating, so we’ve put together some tips to help you out.
Think about what it is you’d like to learn. Be curious. The more questions you ask, the better.
Don’t be afraid to reach out. The worst-case scenario is someone says no or ignores your message, but you’ll never get a yes if you don’t ask first!
Keep your mind open. You should be eager to learn from anyone around you.
Be ready to share your ideas too.
We also asked a few women from the industry to share their thoughts and experiences with mentors:
Clarissa Rankin, Truck Driver and Social Media Influencer
My father’s side of the family has owned a transportation company for over 99-years, so my father really nagged me to death about safety and money and finances. I didn’t start my career in this industry, I went to school for four years to study Criminal Justice. When I made the switch, the experience I had growing up and seeing those around me taught me a lot about what to expect. There were already successes I had seen celebrated and failures I saw people learn from.
I’m the first female truck driver that made my own business from my family. We had a cab, limousine, commercial busses like charter busses. My grandmother used to transport people from the land to ocean to work and clean the hotel. Everything I learned, I learned from those around me.
Ali Buck, Marketing Operations Specialist at Xpress Technologies
The best mentorships are bred from curiosity. When you discover something new and want to learn more about it, you find someone who knows it well and just ask lots of questions. It can seem daunting at first but once you get in the hang of it, it’s actually really fun to constantly be learning new things. I came into the industry knowing next to nothing and have learned so much from the mentors on my team.
One important part of mentorship to me is having a natural connection with your mentor. You have to trust one another and be willing to engage in a 2-way dialogue where you can learn from one another rather than one person talking to another.
Susie Palmer, Director of Brand and Marketing at Xpress Technologies
I am a big believer in mentorship, especially 2-way mentorship. It is important to always be learning, to challenge myself in my career, and to actively help others grow. It is important to lift each other up and, on my journey, I have sought out male and female mentors who were invaluable and shared their knowledge freely. It is very confidence building to have a mentoring relationship where someone believes in your future, is willing to invest their time in your, and look to you for your opinions on various subjects. There do not seem to be enough words to properly express what a good mentor means to me. You know who you are, and I thank you!
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