Flourishing In Your Career With Good Mentors

As we continue the celebration of International Women Day (#IWD2021) throughout this week, I believe it is so important for us to remember to #choosetochallenge the norms to build great businesses for our families (i.e our grandmother, our mothers, our girls); as well as contribute to the economy and build our communities in our neck of the woods. Let us build back a better Canada. Let us build back our communities during pandemic times and give hope for the future. I believe it is important to explore the lens of of key trusted advisors, male and female, who support entrepreneurs at every stage of their business cycle. I love taking a deep dive into their career journeys and the work they are doing to support entrepreneurs across the Canada. 

Last year, I was thrilled to interview a dynamic leader and expert, Noel Courage, Patent Attorney at Bereskin & Parr LLP, intellectual property (“IP”) lawyers. In this episode, we discussed the various pivots which occurred during the early days of the pandemic last year for his organization and the strategies team members implemented to maintained a tight knit connection. We then took a deep dive into his early career pivots, discussing how having encountered really good mentors helped to propel him on the right career path.  In addition, we talked very briefly about the importance of IP protection for business success and why it is important to make positive impact in the lives of your clients during current times.  

I pulled out some super golden nuggets from my discussion with Noel when he shared the benefits of having good mentors in your life to help you to flourish and grow in your career.

  1. Mentors are good to help point you in the right direction;
  2. They help to boost your confidence;
  3. They shine the light to new opportunities in your life especially those that you do not even know was available; 
  4. Mentors help to bolster you and help you to see the path forward in your life and career journey; and
  5. It is important to seek and find good mentors who will lead by example and give you the space to grow.

Listen to the full audio episode below, or on Apple Podcasts,  Google Podcasts or any other audio player of your choice here.

Question: What advice do you have for young people choosing a career path?


1. Be flexible and have a goal when choosing your career path;

2. Follow the work and the industry in alignment with your aptitude; and

3. Be ready to re-balance your priorities between work and lifestyle. 

These are some super golden nuggets for you to take with you and apply as you wish as long as it resonates with you in your career journey. The Canadian Side Hustle Business Podcast with Producer and Host Irenia Roussel,  was designed for you to give you the inspiration and tactical advice you need to succeed in business. There will be no sugar coating on the hard steps.   You will  need to hear this to help you  stay in the long game. Believe me when I say : “you need to have staying power to be successful in business today.”

Every week, we will bring you some key tactical business insights to help you grow and scale your Canadian Side Hustle Business. Feel free to send in a direct message with your feedback or leave a voice message on our anchor channel. Your feedback is important to us because this is how we can make this even more relevant as we build this platform for you!

Author: Irenia Roussel

Irenia has been a Business Advisor to growth oriented entrepreneurs for the past 15 years. She has significant expertise in international business development and marketing. She enjoys working one on one with clients to build their capacity of as well as connect them to the right resources required at the right time. She is also the host and executive producer of two podcasts geared at existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, namely: The Canadian Side Hustle and Business and @Livewithirenia Podcasts sharing amazing stories of dynamic individuals along their journeys. Her podcasts provides practical tips for business and career development. Irenia is on a mission to build great global impact projects and podcasts!

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