What is the greatest advice you’ve received from a mentor? How has that advice made an impact in your professional and/or personal life?
“Be Unstoppable” – when there’s a problem, there’s always a solution. I’m learning to be comfortable in the uncomfortable ‘zig-zag’ of life When I think something is a dead-end at work and life, that phrase reminds me that there’s always a solution.
What advice would you share with those who are just starting out in their careers? As well as those in mid-level positions looking to advance?
Learn as much in the current position as you can. Whether that’s shadowing someone or reading more about the profession, it sets a great foundation for you and helps you direct yourself in your career. Also, it’s a way to be a self-starter. At the end of the day, you are responsible for your learning, so do all that you can to be great. Create a board of mentors with people you can bounce ideas off of and gain insight from. You have to search for knowledge, it’s rarely given to you.
Do you think mentoring in our industry (and beyond) can be improved or enhanced? If so, how?
I think we expect that we will meet our mentor, like a soulmate or something. A mentor can be someone you admire and whose insights you respect. I have multiple mentors of various levels, some friends, some old managers, some who don’t even work in advertising and media. I think more executive-level leaders should be open to being a mentor. If you want a mentee, you have to meet that person halfway.
What do you think makes for a good mentor/mentee relationship?
It’s a relationship and like all good relationships, you have to nurture it.
*Please Note: All statements are the opinion of the author and may not necessarily represent the views of The ADVERTISING Club of New York.