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How likely is it to find a mentor in the finance world?

I don't know what the world of finance has turned into today, but I've learned it's a very cut-throat community. There's a lot of opportunities, but it seems like connections are everything. What are the chances I'll find someone willing to help me out and give me the resources to grow my skills?

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Horatiu G.’s Answer

Finding a mentor in any field is challenging, and finance is no different. Tell me a little bit more about yourself before I answer in full: high school / college, year, areas of interest, etc.

Thank you comment icon I'm finishing up my senior year in high school and starting at the University of Washington in the fall. I'm looking to get a degree in economics or business administration with a concentration in finance. I'm pushing myself to learn Chinese which will open up more opportunities for me (especially real estate). I'm very interested in finance, investing, possibly real estate (not looking to become a real estate agent) and the business industry in general. I don't know exactly what I want to do, so I'm open to everything. Matthew
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Stephanie’s Answer

I'm very impressed that you are considering this now, even before you start your college career! As a start, I suggest seeking out individuals through either your school or during your first career-focused endeavors such as internships. Don't limit yourself to those who are already high-ranking and be proactive in reaching out to those you have some direct exposure to throughout the organization and truly seem have an interest in helping you along the way. Just like any relationship, making sure you "click" is important. As you move forward, you will begin to recognize what characteristics you hope to emulate in your own career, whether goal oriented or the type of leader you would like to be and will likely be drawn to the right individuals.

Best of luck!
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Regina’s Answer

It is great you want to find a mentor. First think about what you want in a mentor, what you would like for them to do for you and what you can do for them. Then look for a mentor who really likes helping others and if possible someone who has been a mentor to others in the past. This will take some time and effort on your part. If you are apart of any finance industry professional organizations. I would recommend you to try there first. If yo u are not apart of a professional organization then find one and join. Joining a professional organization can give you a wealth of information. If you are unable to join, see if they have a need for volunteers.

Good luck on your quest for a mentor!
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Kim’s Answer

Good for you seeking out a mentor. The time and journey to find a mentor can be challenging, but please stick with it. Please be open to mentors that are not necessarily in your area of focus, but could be closely related or not. You can learn a lot from someone with years of professional experience and it may be able to assist you personally and professionally.

I would recommend finding a mentor that makes you feel comfortable. Seems simple, but this may take time. Find someone who is genuinely passionate about helping others, has time to help others, either meeting once a week or whatever you both decide to touch base and someone who wants to see you personally and professionally grow.

I just recommend being open. Who supports your career journey may surpise you.
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