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Mentoring, Sponsoring, and Networking Create Career Success

The authors present a three-component system for optimizing chances of career success.

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Mentors, sponsors, and networks increase chances of having a successful career. Mentors provide valuable guidance and advice on career alternatives, while sponsors support candidates selected for highly desirable roles by serving as a reference that they can perform well in positions of increasing responsibility and importance. Networking is a powerful way to sustain and enhance professional reputation and circle of influence. In this article, the authors illustrate how the combination of mentoring, sponsoring, and networking produces advisors who can enable a rewarding and successful career.


Mentoring is a means by which an experienced person shares her or his advice with the objective of prompting the mentee to examine their goals and how to achieve them.

Some mentoring programs may be systematic in corporate environments.

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