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Mathematics and its Applications

Formal methods of professional development (online courses, training, etc.) are important, but there’s something unique about engaging the informal guidance of a trusted and respected mentor.

Find someone you admire, either in your organization or outside of it. Choose a leader who embodies the professional qualities you hold dear. Buy them lunch. Dissect their journey. Get to know the ins and outs of who they are and how they got to where they are. More than that, build a relationship. Process decisions with your new mentor. Learn to think like they think and ask the types of questions they ask.

You can’t put a value on this type of professional development. You can’t quantify it. But, with the help of a wise mentor, you’ll grow more in your vocation than you ever could by simply reading a book or taking a course.C

If your employer has given up on developing its talent, don’t despair. You can do more for yourself than your organization ever could. The first step is recognizing that it’s on you to develop yourself as a professional. From there, your options are endless.

Take the opportunity to invest in yourself this year. In no time, you’ll be head and shoulders above your less-motivated coworkers. And, soon enough, you’ll have the chance to either climb the ladder at work or take your services elsewhere — to an employer who truly gets what Zig had to say about developing human potential.