I have always thought of mentors as a positive asset and helpful resource, but I never fully understood the importance and benefit of true mentoring until working for UPMC.
Pictured here are just a few of the mentors I have developed over my time at UPMC. Starting from the left is Tatyana Vishneski, Lead of Corporate Productivity; myself; Tracy Simmons, Senior Analyst in Corporate Productivity; and on the far right, Nina Giovannelli, current FMR for Children’s Finance and Corporate Productivity.
Having any type of mentor is essential, especially when beginning a new experience. Building up multiple mentors can help you in endless ways. At the beginning, to connect with someone and have them give you a background on their story can help you to feel like you have a friend, not just a coworker. You can also use a mentor for career advice. I have networked with multiple UPMC employees who told me they have superiors who help coach them through their careers and offer advice on major decisions such as getting an MBA. At UPMC this summer, I was involved in the ever-changing health care industry. I moved throughout three different departments. I cannot emphasize how important forming mentors in each of these departments was to helping me succeed in my projects. From employees in the Finance Management Rotation program, to those who have graduated, and to directors and senior management. The various mentors I have formed over the summer have each largely contributed to my amazing experience here.
Not only can mentors help you through your current job, but they can be crucial in your future. This is particularly the case at UPMC. After networking with current and graduated FMR’s, you get a sense of the diverse areas they rotated through, and get an edge on what it takes to truly succeed in the program. Also, for those continuing their careers at UPMC, these will soon be close coworkers and could possibly be your managers in the future. Building a mentorship with a high level manager has given me the opportunity to see the company at a whole new dimension. He has helped to challenge me, develop my skills, and even introduced me to other senior executives. These types of contacts could also be great way to get reputable references for future careers. The list of benefits to having mentors goes on and on; and the more you have, the endless the possibilities.
To finalize this internship, I have one overarching takeaway in regards to mentors, and that is to keep them. You spend countless hours working and building relationships, the next step is to continue them. Whether you are furthering your career at the same company, or moving far away, technology allows us to stay closer than ever to our mentors. A mentor can develop into possible relations ranging from a best friend to a boss – so make sure you keep that in mind for everyone you meet.
By Lindsey Pecor, Finance Management Rotation