Almost 90% of professionals say success isn’t just about what you accomplish, it’s about what you inspire others to do.

And if you’re looking for an opportunity to help inspire others, look no further than your own backyard. In fact, there are over 100,000 underserved youth in cities like Philadelphia and Atlanta alone — these are people who want support and guidance when it comes to their careers. Young people who have mentors are 130% more likely to hold leadership positions, according to MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.

This week, we teamed up with Starbucks and MENTOR to host Mentor Monday events across the country where professionals from every walk of life met with youth and veterans at their local Starbucks, to share inspiration, coach, and support mentees in their their career path. Here are some of the most common tips we heard for having productive career conversations. Not only are these good reminders for you as professionals, but they are great tips to discuss with your mentees:

Find a mentor

Establish your career goals

Identify the skills you have now, and the skills you need to reach your goals

 

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