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Mentor vs Sponsor: Boost Your Career with Professional Relationships

A mentor and a sponsor function very differently, yet the roles are often confused and used interchangeably by those seeking help and support with their careers. The main difference between these two roles is: mentors advise and sponsors act. Let’s look at the roles in more depth and see how they function operationally. A mentor is usually a trusted senior-level leader who can provide advice to help you recognize your own strengths and assist you with your career goals. A mentorship creates a supportive environment – ie, a “behind the scenes” type of relationship - where the mentee sets the goals and is in control of defining the success of the interactions. Mentors focus on sharing expe

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