Our Friday postings have been focused on professional development for the past few weeks. First, we discussed how to make time and manage a busy professional life. Then we discussed being prepared to ask for opportunities. In this essay, I’d want to discuss the importance of having a solid support system.

We can’t study and educate on our own, even if we have the time and money to do so. We need individuals to back us up in our efforts. Whether it’s cooking supper while preparing for a certification exam or giving us a break after a long week of school and work, we appreciate it. Support might also take the form of gently prodding us to study when we don’t want to (but we know we really need to).

Mentors can help in this situation. Mentors are those who can provide guidance and advise. They can provide you with productivity suggestions and motivation to stay focused. However, not all mentors are created equal. In some cases, it makes sense to select your mentors based on the work at hand.

Assume you’ll be in Chicago next week for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Expo. Stop by the Capella University booth at the conference to learn more about the educational programmes they have available.

If getting a degree is your aim, think about the mentors who can help you get there. Do not consider long-term formal mentorship programmes at this time. Instead, check if you can locate people who have:

1) I went to Capella and can provide some information.

2) Has a post-graduate degree.

3) Worked and went to school simultaneously.

4) You’ve recently moved into a business or HR position.

I’m sure you understand where I’m headed with this. There’s no rule that says you may only work with one mentor at a time. As a result, seek for mentors who can assist you in achieving all of your objectives. A good place to start is through the SHRM Annual and Capella University.