Strong mentors are so crucial to career success that you should seek them out on your own if your employer doesn't offer a formal program, Eve Tahmincioglu writes. "You have to be open to the smart people around you at work. Maybe someone shows an interest in you, or is just a nice guy or gal. Use that connection to ask for help, to ask if they have time for a cup of coffee, etc.," Tahmincioglu writes.
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