When asked for career advice, I used to tell young people that an internship was the most important thing they could do. Yet today, I’d say getting a mentor belongs at the top of the agenda. Certainly internships are still important, because they provide real-world experience; however, having a mentor is like getting experience on steroids. You’re exposed to vast amounts of knowledge without having to spend a lot of time or tuition in the school of hard knocks.

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