Join May Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video How do I reach out to someone for mentoring opportunities?, part of LinkedIn for Veterans.
- I would just suggest being a little bit tactical about it, so doing some research. Hey, where ultimately am I trying to go in my career? And then looking at hey, who might be able to help me get to where I want to go? So, just as an example for myself, I work in technology, I work at LinkedIn. If you're interested in technology, you might want to look up people like myself that work at companies like LinkedIn, Google, Apple, Amazon. Reach out to them. Learn from their experiences so you don't have to learn the hard way.
And so, just a simple note. Hey, I'm a marine veteran, I'm transitioning out, I did this in the marine corps and I'd really love to do this as a civilian, and I think you could really help me do that. I strongly encourage transitioning veterans to reach out to non-veterans, non-veteran professionals. Just like I said, you learn so much from your mentors in the military, because they have that specialized knowledge and they've already learned so much in the military. These civilian mentors are going to be the same way. They've been through the ranks, you could say, in the civilian sector and they can help you get where you want to go in life.
So, don't be afraid to reach out to civilian mentors. For me personally, both of my main mentors, they're both civilians and they've been huge for my career.
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