What worker can’t use a good dose of common wisdom and support from a trusted adviser every now and then? If you’re lucky enough already to have a mentor–someone well versed in your industry and the challenges you face and ready to share his or her seasoned experience–then you’re set. If not, it’s worth looking around to find that source of expertise and inspiration.

Mentors are typically several rungs above you on the corporate ladder, and they can serve as confidante, adviser, and guide through the sometimes confusing world of office politics, career planning, and more.

Desperately Seeking Mentor
Where and how to find your personal career coach.

Making the Most of Your Relationship
Proper care and feeding of mentors is necessary to ensure a long and fruitful relationship.