For anyone who is planning a career, launching a new career, or looking to advance themselves on the professional ladder, a good mentor is essential, in a number of ways.
The most rudimentary aspect of mentorship is to show someone the ropes, that is to say, teach them some of the unwritten rules that are essential for success at a company or in a particular industry. This might be advice about what to wear to an interview or to the office.
Mentorship goes a lot deeper than that. For instance, Wall Street star Anthony Scaramucci talks about the necessity for young people to find their moral compass in order to avoid the temptations of greed that are so rampant on Wall Street. That means finding a positive role model, which is not to be found, Scaramucci says, in the fictional character Gordon Gekko.