Fidelity Investments’ Padraig Mahony and Sharon Walsh discuss the value of having a mentor and share their advice for others looking to boost their career.
Leaders often talk about the importance of finding a mentor early in your career, but it can be nerve-racking for those who have never had one before.
Fidelity Investments’ Padraig Mahony has had several mentorships during his career and his current one is with the company’s vice-president of technology management, Sharon Walsh.
He said the most important factor when seeking out a mentor is commitment and a desire to be mentored.
“Once you have a mentor in place, I think it’s really important to build a rapport with that person, really connect with them,” he said.
“Really importantly, I would say be open to feedback. Sometimes we might struggle a little bit with that if we hear feedback that we mightn’t necessarily agree with, but you really need to lean into it.”
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Words by Jenny Darmody