When it comes to reaching out to mentors, young people may feel intimated to approach experienced professionals who are in industries they want to learn more about. Rebecca and I discuss a few techniques that could be used to bridge this gap.

Rebecca spent ten years in medical administration before completing her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Ottawa. And thanks to the Telfer Profession of Management Consulting Program, she has shifted to the world of consulting as an analyst at a global consulting firm.

She is a volunteer member of the GenNEXT Cabinet at United Way Ottawa and a proud member of the Social Enterprise Giving Circle. Ask Rebecca about the profession at any GenNEXT Mix & Mingle in Ottawa!

IN THIS EPISODE, WE TALK ABOUT…

When it comes to reaching out to mentors, young people may feel intimated to approach experienced professionals who are in industries they want to learn more about. Rebecca and I discuss a few techniques that could be used to bridge this gap.

You can bring a lot to the table as a young professional. Understand what skills you have, how you can provide value, and always lead with: “how can I help you”, instead of: “what can you do for me”.

SOME QUESTIONS I ASK…

  1. What is the easiest way to meet people and build your network?
  2. Some ideas for following up with people you meet in professional settings.
  3. Ways to ensure that the mentorship relationship is two-sided and not one.
  4. The importance of getting involved in your community. Rebecca McCormick talks about a great organization of “locals helping locals”, called Gen-Next.
  5. Why it’s important to STEP BACK regularly and bring yourself “home”

REBECCA’S WHY…

Rebecca’s WHY is to build professional skills which will help her lead a valuable life and to help others do the same.

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