Single working moms often face the struggle of getting through day to day tasks, leaving no time to plan for the future. It’s important for these women to reach out beyond family, effectively networking to advance their personal and professional goals. Mentors and coworkers are crucial connections, for work references and recommendations. Sponsors play a different but important role. They can advocate for promotions or new opportunities, freeing up time and energy to be spent at home with family. Network with intention to increase the chances of these opportunities.
- While a mentor can help guide you in your journey, a sponsor can take more concrete steps to open avenues for you to pursue.
- To find a sponsor you can look at all the people in your network to see if anyone is a good candidate. High profile projects may give you a good lead.
- Being a single mom in a competitive workplace means finding people who will believe in you and help you get to where you want.
“Ultimately work allies are those long-term strategic relationships in your network that can vouch for you in the workplace.”