Have you ever wondered how to tap into an industry and learn from those who have already found success in the field? Then consider joining a professional organization or association! You can easily advance your career by becoming a member, participating in the group’s activities and making real connections with established professionals.
Plus, many organizations offer internships, scholarships and discount membership fees to college students, as well as fellowships and mentoring programs for all members.
Below is a sampling of associations that have mentoring programs. Be sure to check out Yahoo’s directory to find a professional organization for your industry.
Aspen Institute-MicroMentor Program: An online program that connects small, low-income business owners, or micro-entrepreneurs, to individuals who have successfully navigated business ownership or management in the same industry.
Athena Foundation-Athena PowerLink: A program that unites a woman-owned business with a group of local mentors who serve as a panel of advisors.
National Association of Women Business Owners: The majority of participants will be women, although men are welcome.