Wondering whether you need a mentor or sponsor? The answer is that you should have a combination of leaders in your career who help advise you. It is important to have a blend of advisors who serve as mentors and also a sponsor, preferably at least one male leader, who can provide support within your organization.
In a recent Rock Your Trade Show interview with Jodi Devlin, GM VP GM, Acute Care at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, she shares her experience and personal leadership stories including what she did when she felt stuck in a Senior Product Manager role and how she was able to get promoted. She describes two key influences on her career: having both a Mentor and informal Sponsors-some of whom were men and why that made a big difference.
Devlin explains that she would not have moved up in some of her roles were it not for male sponsors who had her interest at heart when an opportunity became available. If you feel stuck in your current role and are not sure how to move your career forward, this new Rock Your Trade Show Episode with Jodi Devlin is for you! In addition to helping you navigate the role of mentors and sponsors, Devlin shares lessons learned about the importance of work-life balance and so much more.
5 Power Tips About Mentoring, Sponsorship and Work-Life Balance
1. Get A Mentor: This person will advise you on a regular basis and can help you find your path when you are unsure which opportunity to take in your career.
2. Find A Male Sponsor: When you ask someone to be your sponsor, don’t feel discouraged if the timing isn’t right. Seek out a leader who can meet informally and represent your career interests when an opportunity becomes available.
3. Invest In Yourself: Join an organization that has networking opportunities and practice networking. If you are in healthcare, organizations like the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association are a resource.
4. Create A Personal Network: Everyone needs help and it is really important to make friends who can be your backup plan in your personal life.
5. Establish Boundaries: We all need downtime to feel recharged. Protecting your weekend may be the best move you make for your career and family.
Devlin shares how she protects her weekends, the advice she gives mentees for finding life/career balance and why her faith is an important foundation to her outlook on life.
“It’s not one day that counts, it’s the way in which you treat others and chose to live life that matters” – Jodi Devlin.
This interview will inspire you to make time for you and learn how important it is to have a network of people around you both personally and professionally that can be your backup plan.
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