|Career Development Professional Profiles Office Culture Job Hunting Advice Editor's Picks|
Home > Article
Experienced but Inexperienced
What you need is a reverse mentor: someone to escort you proudly into the new economy with dash, panache, and elan, even if they've never heard those words. It's an equitable exchange: you provide access to the insights of years or even decades of work experience, and your mentor provides a year's subscription to fabulousness.
Find the most outrageously styled newcomer in your office, the one who seems the most dangerous. I gravitate toward the pouty petulant young things, the ones who don't say much, the snowboarders who look like they are about to punch or stalk or cry. They have the best creative insights and that eagle eye for detail that lets you know they're watching. You usually find them in IT or design.
My mentor - let's call him R. - has taught me everything I know about navel rings. Many more people have them than you know - indeed, every workplace has a piercing policy, written or not. Even in the typical financial services firm there is likely to be someone covering up. Reverse mentors can name names.
In offices where employees out their outies, the issues are what to wear, how often to change it, how much to show, and the meta-game of whether to draw attention by playing with or mentioning the accessory. Conventional wisdom says, downplay but expect questions. I can't imagine a context where diamonds would be a no-no.
At work one sees only the outcome of the piercing, but the process apparently is the great joy. When you and your mentor have begun to trust one another, ask for the story. Not only will the answer entertain you, but it will show you are catching on.
Copyright 2000-2004 © Salary.com, Inc.
More Related Articles
Career Services: Your New Best Friend
It's never too early or too late to go to Career Services. Some students report they're too busy with studies to devote time to career development. What these students fail to realize is that the years of academic study should be interwoven with career preparation.
Will my company take back my unvested options if I get laid off?
It is customary for a company to take back unvested options when an employee leaves the company for any reason. In fact, this is probably included in the stock option agreement you received when you were granted the options.
Should I disclose that I saw the pay range for the job?
If you know the pay range for the job, but the employer would rather you not know, it's best to keep the information to yourself. But you can still use it as an aid to negotiation.
Google Web Search
Didn't see what you were looking for?
powered by Google