Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Becoming Your Own Mentor

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Becoming Your Own Mentor

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Not too many years ago, it was quite common for a manager to spend an entire career with one company-showing promise, working hard, and gradually moving through the ranks to a position of authority. Even a decade ago, many of us remember the experience of being taken under the wing of an experienced superior, given friendly guidance, and helped in making the best decisions for our futures.

But for better or worse, those days of employment longevity and long-term company relations are things of the past. In early 1997, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the median job tenure for 1996 was four years for men and three and one-half years for women. A survey by the Census Bureau found that revenues generated by temporary professional workers have doubled between 1990 and 1994. Today, more than ever, each of us must shoulder the responsibility for our own career development and progress. We must decide for ourselves where our strengths and weaknesses lie and what we can do to keep ourselves on the path of success.

One way we can accomplish this goal is to seek out professional education that enhances our current skills and prepares us for tomorrow's opportunities. Flexible, subject-specific education, such as the new courses developed by the Institute of Real Estate Management, give you the option to develop a broad base of industry knowledge or to target a specific topic you need to know now. As your own mentor, the choice and the responsibility are yours.

Does this mean that there is nowhere to turn for advice? Not at all. Writing in Fortune, executive recruiter Dale Winston of Battalia Winston International emphasized the value of building new constituencies of support. "Just as you have to manage your own career and be your own CEO, so you have to create your own board of advisers," said Winston. In the same article, Marshall Loeb suggested that the best way to develop mentor support is by joining a professional organization. …

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