Having a mentor can seem like an exciting and enviable asset, but it's not a silver bullet for success. The real work starts after you actually connect with someone that can potentially be a mentor.
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This article was originally published 23 December 2014.
A mentorship is a process, not an accomplishment. It is a relationship, not just a badge of honour. There are all sorts of mentorships, and they can be rigid and formal, or flexible and informal, depending on the individuals and on the field. Landing a mentorship is a big accomplishment, but once you have one, the real work begins.