How To Find A Career Mentor

first_imgEveryone knows they should have a mentor but many don’t know how to find one. Mentors come in many flavors and hold different monikers, but the two common traits they should all possess is a willingness to give unbiased advice and expertise in the areas you are looking to improve.“A mentor is extremely important to grow your skills and enhance your career path,” says Susan Ruhl, a managing partner at OI Partners – Innovative Career Consulting in Denver. “It doesn’t matter if the person is internal or external (to your company) as long he or she understands what your personal development goals are.”Before you can start your hunt for the perfect mentor or advisors, career experts advise to do a little soul searching to pinpoint your weaknesses and to determine your goals. Let’s say you want a marketing job. Come up with a list of skills you’ll need to make the transition and then identify any gaps. Once you know where you need improvement you can pinpoint someone who has those skills. “You have to be clear in what you are asking for,” Julie Bauke, career strategist, president of The Bauke Group, and author of Stop Peeing on our Shoes: Avoiding the 7 Mistakes that Screw Up your Job Search.. “You can’t just say, ‘I want to get to the top of this company can you mentor me.’”Finding a mentor can take a bit of detective work especially if you are new to a company. Sure the C-level executive would be the ideal mentor, but since that may not be a realistic option unless you are high-up yourself, it’s a good idea to observe people above you and focus on the ones that do their job well.  “I wouldn’t reach out to a stranger,” says Ruhl. “I wouldn’t go up to the CEO unless I had a good relationship” with him or her. Ruhl says to take the company culture into account when choosing a mentor. If it’s a very relaxed structure then you may be able to go very high-up when targeting a mentor, but if it’s a rigid company structure you may want to start by going only one level above you. It’s also important to choose someone that others within the organization admire and respect. The worst thing you could do is align yourself with someone that has no respect within the company.Once you’ve pinpointed your mentor or mentors you have to come up with a good reason why you want that person to advise you. For instance, if you admire how that person handles herself in a meeting, then ask her for tips on giving presentations. If you want to improve your customer relations skills, compliment your potential mentor on his knack for dealing with disgruntled customers.  “You have to say, ‘the reason I am hoping you’ll mentor me in this one area of my career is because I love the way you handle yourself in meetings,’” says Bauke. “It’s easy for them to say yes because there’s something you admire about them.” By providing specifics, you are giving the mentor a path for success instead of making it feel like work for them, she says. Not one person is going to give you everything you need, which is why career experts say you should try to have more than one mentor. Creating a team of advisors with expertise in different aspects of your career is the best way to get well-rounded advice and guidance. It also reduces the burden on the mentors, and if it doesn’t work out with one mentor you’ll have others to use as sounding boards. It’s also important to set expectations ahead of time in terms of how the mentorship will go. For instance, will it be something formal where you meet every other week for a specific amount of time, or will it be informal where you can email or call the person when you need advice?While most people think of mentorships as an older person mentoring a younger one, it’s becoming common to see the reserve going on. “The younger workforce can be just as informational as the older workforce,” especially in areas of technology, says Ruhl.  “It’s become a two-way street.”last_img read more

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Amangiri Singaporebased Amanresorts second prop

first_imgAmangiri, Singapore-based Amanresorts’ second property in the United States, is set to open in the early fall in the “canyon country” of southern Utah. Located near the Utah-Arizona border, Amangiri (Sanskrit for ‘peaceful mountain’) is adjacent to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, encompassing Lake Powell and the Colorado River, and ideally placed for day trips to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Bryce and Zion National Parks.The setting is breathtaking. Amangiri is cradled by massive 200-million-year-old mesas and rock formations that present extraordinary desert vistas whose colors change from amber to gold to pink as the sun makes its daily circuit. Located some 4,000 feet above sea level, spring and fall temperatures are in the 70’s Fahrenheit, with winter highs in the 40’s and summer highs rarely exceeding 95 degrees. The region is home to a variety of endangered species, including the California condor, and a bevy of dinosaur fossils, some dating back more than 160 million years.Set on a 600-acre expanse of wilderness that has been home for centuries to the indigenous Navajo and Hopi tribes, Amangiri’s creation was made possible by a 2005 Act of Congress that permitted a swap of private and Federal land. Amangiri has 34 guest suites with white stone floors and tinted concrete walls that reflect the colors of the American Southwest. Each suite has uninterrupted panoramic views of the desert and mesas and is endowed with all the luxuries and comfort expected of an Amanresort — from day-beds for relaxing, to roomy bathing areas, to the unobtrusively personalized service that has been the hallmark of Amanresorts since its first resort, Amanpuri, opened 21 years ago in Phuket, Thailand. Pool suites and the Girijaala and Amangiri Suites have private pools and secluded outdoor sky terraces that are ideal both for daytime relaxation and nighttime stargazing.The centerpiece of Amangiri is a sprawling modernist Pavilion reached by flights of wide, gentle steps. Its desert-colored stone and concrete is contrasted by splashes of scarlet tenting: the shade of red is one of the sacred colors of the Navajo. The Pavilion is an open-plan arrangement of lounging areas, library, dining room and open kitchen — all with floor-to-ceiling glass that frames panoramas of the desert, the rock formations and the mesas. The restaurant terrace leads onto the pool terrace; the swimming pool wraps around a central slick rock that thrusts upward from the desert floor.Amangiri’s 25,000-foot spa is a destination in itself. A giant complex of stone, water features and streams of light, it offers a number of unique treatment venues. The Water Pavilion offers hydrotherapy treatments, while the Floatation Pavilion offers color therapy-enhanced floatation treatment. The Aman Spa also provides both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, step pool, cold plunge and generous spaces for exercise, yoga and Amanresorts’ unique Pilates assessment.The cuisine at Amangiri reflects the resort’s residential nature. The kitchen is open-plan, and guests are invited to interact and watch the chefs at work. The menus change regularly based on available ingredients from local farmers, and emphasize organic and specialty products. The open-to-browse wine room has state-of-the-art climate control, space for 900 bottles and the technology to serve even the finest vintages by the glass. The private dining room seats 10; its large wooden doors can be closed for privacy or open to the kitchen. > The design of Amangiri is inspired by the natural elements of wind, water, earth and fire. Shafts of sunlight stream into the resort’s interiors through panoramic windows and strategically placed skylights. The sound of water is a soothing constant in the Pavilion, as in the surrounding slot canyons. The resort features more than 50 indoor and outdoor fireplaces — throughout the Pavilion and the Aman Spa, in every suite, around the pool and in outdoor entertainment areas. At night, Amangiri’s exteriors are subtly lit so as not to compromise the vast star-filled night sky as nature intended. The Desert Lounge beyond the Pavilion is an open-air living room and the ideal venue for stargazing.Because of its location, Amangiri guests are able to take advantage of opportunities to discover some of America’s most magnificent scenic locations. A comprehensive program of tours, desert activities, boating, fly-fishing, hiking and cultural explorations has been developed exclusively for Aman guests.In addition to the resort, the Amangiri master-plan features 28 dramatically designed four- or five-bedroom private villas, each with large pools, wine rooms, fireplaces, optional media rooms and staff quarters.www.amanresorts.comlast_img read more

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