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Career change: Real-life examples how mentoring can help you get a new job

Written by
Gabriela Dittrichova
Published on
June 25, 2021

Are you hesitant about your current job? Are you considering a career switch? Or perhaps the recent circumstances forced you to look for a new role. Whatever the case, we have good news for you. A professional mentor can help you find a new job. And from our database of over 400 professional mentors, we guarantee to find a professional that is the right fit for you.

Instead of describing how great it is to have a mentor help you navigate those challenges of switching jobs, we asked the Femme Palette mentees to share their stories how mentoring has helped them to successfully get a new job. Could the next success story be yours?

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Mako Ueda is now a User Experience Researcher at Avast but before joining Femme Palette, she was a business analyst at Siemens. Halfway through the program, she got a new job. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, it was cancelled. However, Mako persevered and after completing the program, she found work in the field of UX research. Here is how mentoring has contributed to her career switch.

‘I signed up for the mentorship program when I was at a crossroad in my career. I knew I wanted to change my career path, but I didn’t know what or how. From the get-go my mentor, Michaela, worked with me to discover my vision and find the clarity that I needed. We started off by taking time to reflect on my past experiences, my strengths and weaknesses, and what I wanted my life to look like in the next year. This helped me narrow down the list of different careers I was taking into consideration and hone in on my focus.

Michaela asked the hard questions that pushed me to think about what it is I truly wanted out of my professional career, and most importantly why. Every session she came prepared with resources (books, connections, and industry knowledge) that helped me tremendously. But more than anything, having a mentor who was caring, understanding, and genuinely wanted the best for me made me feel safe and supported. Our bi-weekly sessions gave me something to look forward to and kept me accountable to follow through on my tasks to ensure I was making progress.’

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Also another of our success stories comes from the design world. This time, a former architect decided to join mentoring to get help transitioning into UX design. Together with her mentor Petr Sevcovic, UX Designer at Avast, Monika Visnova accomplished this goal and is now the UX/UI Designer at Slevomat.

‘I applied for the mentoring program and was almost immediately connected with my mentor Petr. My goal was to switch careers from architecture to UX design and get a full-time job within six months. Petr was a great guide while I was working on my own project and helped me navigate in the UX world while I was applying for jobs and going to interviews. I'm happy to say I managed to reach this goal and can now I enjoy my new role in Slevomat.’

And how to know when it’s time for a change? Maybe you are too comfortable in your job and need to find the courage for the transition. In that case, having a mentor is a great way to give you the extra push or boost your confidence levels to make that change happen.

One of the many career switches mentoring has initiated was also the one of our co-founder Lucie, who traded her career in marketing for (you guessed it!) UX design! Initially, Lucie was informally mentored by her colleagues who supported her in this transition. Also thanks to this experience, the idea of Femme Palette was born.

Today, not only do we connect fellow professionals from a range of industries for 1-0-1 sessions, but we are also building an inspiring community where people from different backgrounds come together to connect, share ideas, and network. Because building new connections matters now more than ever before.

Therefore, if you feel like you could do with the additional support, be it a career switch or finding a new job, check out the Femme Palette programs and see if you could find the one that is just the right fit for you. And if you are unsure, book a consultation to find out more about what we do. There’s never been a better time for a change. Are you ready?

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